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Review: My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

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My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Source: Library
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Publication Date: January 27th, 2016
Genre(s): Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller
Series: No

What if the most terrifying person you’d ever met was your ten-year old sister? A spine-chilling psychological thriller from one of Australia’s finest YA authors.

‘I promise,’ said Rosa. ‘I won’t kill and I won’t make anyone else kill.’

I can’t see the loophole. Since the guinea pig there’s been nothing. Months now without Rosa killing as much as a mosquito.

As far as I know.

Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control.

Che’s little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che’s convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn’t hurt anyone yet, but he’s certain it’s just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world – and the world from Rosa?

My Sister Rosa will have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page to the last.

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Review: Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

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My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Source: Library
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 18th, 2016
Genre(s): Young Adult, Sci-fi
Series: Yes

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and theHypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

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Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Source: Library
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: November 8th, 2016
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retellings
Series: No

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

 

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I love Marissa’s writing and Heartless was so well written. I love Wonderland retelling and Marissa is so good at writing retellings, if u haven’t read the Luner Chronicles series go read it immediately. Heartless puts an excellent spin on the Queen of Hearts, I loved how once I got to the end of the book everything was connected. I do hope that Marissa writes another Wonderland retelling because she’s so good at it!

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I was completely engaged while reading Heartless it’s so good. The plot moves along at a great pace and I love the little twists Meyer adds to the story.

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I loved all of the characters! Catherine was an awesome character I loved how she wanted to follow her dreams despite what other people think. I thought she was kind of a little rude to the King of Hearts, but it makes sense why she didn’t want to marry him. I thought the King of Hearts was adorable, he came off as innocent and sweet, I loved him. I also loved the Wonderland characters, such as Hatta and Cheshire. Jest was awesome as well, I kind of wish we got to know him a little more though.

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I thought the world building was wonderful. Meyer did a great job at recreating Wonderland, however I did feel like some elements of Wonderland weren’t explained thoroughly, such as the Looking-Glass.

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To be completely honest I didn’t really like the romance, I thought Jest and Catherine were cute together, but I didn’t feel like there was a real connection between them. I kind of wish Hatta and Jest were together.

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I really loved Heartless it was such an interesting story and I highly recommend it.

 

 

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Review: Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Source: Library
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Genre(s): Young Adult, Alternate History, Sci-fi
Series: Yes

There would be blood. Blood for blood. Blood to pay. An entire world of it.

For the resistance in the Third Reich, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun. Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against Hitler’s army, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.

But in the midst of the chaos, Yael’s past and future collide when she comes face to face with a ghost from her past, and a spark with a fellow rider begins to grow into something more. Dark secrets reveal dark truths and one question hangs over them all—how far can you go for the ones you love?

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