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    Review: CARRY ON // smol gays, strange spells and witty insults GALORE

    Title: Carry On Series: Simon Snow book #1 Author: Rainbow Rowell Page count: 522 Date published: 6 October 2015 Genre: Young Adult urban fantasy Rating: (5 out of 5 stars) GOODREADS SYNOPSIS Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field…

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    Review: A GATHERING OF SHADOWS // stabby-goodness, ships and MAGIC!!!

    Title: A Gathering of Shadows Series: Shades of Magic book #2 Author: V.E. Schwab Page count: 508 Date published: 23 February 2016 Genre: Young Adult fantasy Rating: (4.5 out of 5 stars) GOODREADS SYNOPSIS It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London. Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events,…

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    Review: WILDCARD // my mind is blown

    Title: Wildcard Series: Warcross book #2 Author: Marie Lu Page count: 352 Date published: 18 September 2018 Genre: Young Adult sci-fi/contemporary Thank you Penguin Book SA for sending a copy my way – my thoughts are all my own Rating: (4.5 out of 5 stars) GOODREADS SYNOPSIS Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side. Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a…

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    Review: QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS // i may be biased but this book is perfection

    Title: Queen of Air and Darkness Series: The Dark Artifices Author: Cassandra Clare Page count: 880 Date published: 4 December 2018 Genre: Young Adult urban fantasy Rating: (5 out of 5 stars) GOODREADS SYNOPSIS What if damnation is the price of true love? Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.  Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take…

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    Review: WHAT IF IT'S US // Bargain Books collaboration ft. cuteness, many laughs and rom com recommendations

    Title: What If It’s Us Author: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera Page count: 437 Date published: 9 October 2018 Genre: Young Adult contemporary Rating: (4 out of 5 stars) GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in…

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    Review: THE THROUBLE WITH FLYING // adorable book by a south african author

    Title: The Trouble With Flying Series: Trouble Series book #1 Author: Rachel Morgan Page count: 254 Date published: 20 June 2014 Genre: New Adult contemporary Thank you to Rachel, the author, for sending me your book! Rating: (4 out of 5 stars) GOODREADS SYNOPSIS Sarah doesn’t talk to strangers. It’s awkward, stressful, and there’s the uncontrollable blushing to worry about. When she boards a plane to fly home after an overseas holiday, she plans to stick her nose in a book and ignore everyone around her. Aiden’s terrified of flying, and it’s his first time on a plane. If he can distract himself by talking non-stop for the entire flight,…

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    Review: RENEGADES // epic anti-villains and superheroes + i need a sequel

    Title: Renegades Series: Renegades book #1 Author: Marissa Meyer Page count: 592 Date published: 7 November 2017 Genre: Young Adult sci-fi & fantasy Rating: (4 out of 5 stars) GOODREADS SYNOPSIS The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies–humans with extraordinary abilities–who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice–and in…

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    Review: TO KILL A KINGDOM // witty banter, pirates and siren goodness

    Title: To Kill A Kingdom Author: Alexandra Christo Page count: 358 Date published: 6 March 2018 Genre: Young Adult fantasy retelling Thank you Jonathan Ball Publishers for sending this one my way! Rating: (4 out of 5 stars) GOODREADS SYNOPSIS I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive. There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom. Every so often, I claw through the shingle just to check they’re still there. Buried deep and bloody. Princess Lira is siren royalty and revered across the sea until she is cursed into humanity by the ruthless Sea Queen. Now Lira must deliver the heart of the infamous siren killer or…

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    Review: CLOCKWORK PRINCESS // my emotions are destroyed and it's all my fault

    Title: Clockwork Princess Series: The Infernal Devices book #3 Author: Cassandra Clare Page count: 567 Date published: 19 March 2013 Genre: Young Adult historical urban fantasy Rating: (5 out of 5 stars) GOODREADS SYNOPSIS Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will,…

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    Review: CLOCKWORK PRINCE // i adore these books aka new fave series ever

    Title: Clockwork Prince Series: The Infernal Devices book #2 Author: Cassandra Clare Page count: 496 Date published: 6 December 2011 Genre: Young Adult historical urban fantasy Rating: (5 out of 5 stars) GOODREADS SYNOPSIS In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will – the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do? As their dangerous search…