#FrightFall Read-a-Thon Wrap Up

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#FrightFall Read-a-Thon is over. Why did it have to end so quickly? I really glad that I participated in this Read-a-Thon as I had a lot of fun trying to achieve my goal. I wanted to read four books during the week and I achieved my goal! Take a look below to see which books I read:

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I’m really happy to have achieved my goal and I can’t wait to participate in more Seasons of Reading Read-a-Thons in the future! 🙂

– Liz

All the Rage by Courtney Summers Review

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The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Release Date: 14th April, 2015

Pages: 321

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Format: Hardback

Source: Purchase

TRIGGER WARNING: Rape/sexual assault

Fancy being captivated by a book? Then give All the Rage by Courtney Summers a try. When I wasn’t reading All the Rage, I kept thinking about it and for me that’s a sign of a great book. I’ve been left speechless by this book, so I don’t really have much to say, which, in the end, is a good thing as I want people to experience the book for themselves.

All the Rage is such a powerful and emotional read. Romy, our main character, is one of the best characters I’ve ever read about. Romy is depicted very well and as a reader, I really got inside her head. Just like the topic of the book, Romy is incredibly powerful and her story still lingered with me days after I had finished the last page.

All the Rage really makes you think about western culture and society, how it treats women of all ages and the topics of rape/sexual assault. To put it simply, All the Rage is an outstanding book and one that I strongly encourage other readers to pick up. Every line is so poetic. The characters feel like they are people you could bump into on the street and the relationships between characters, whether negative or positive, have been depicted well. All the Rage is definitely a book that I will return to in the future.

This is, without a doubt, one of the most important books I’ve ever read and, at the time of writing, All the Rage is the best book I’ve read in 2015. I’ve found a new favourite book and a new favourite author.

Favourite Quotes

“You know all the ways you can kill a girl?” (Page 91)

5/5 stars

 – Liz

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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The following synopsis contains some spoilers.

Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: 15th August, 2013

Pages: 418

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Format: Paperback

Source: Gift

I’m pointing out the obvious when I say that YA is full of trilogies and series. Sometimes the second books in these trilogies and series suffer from Second Book Syndrome. This occurs when a sequel falls short of its predecessor. I’ve read many YA sequels that fall into that category and I had a feeling that Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas might do the same. Luckily, I was wrong and Crown of Midnight turned out to be a brilliant sequel.

It became clear to me when I read Throne of Glass that Maas is definitely a natural storyteller and the sequel confirmed this. The prose is beautiful and Maas had me feeling many different emotions whilst reading Crown of Midnight. Maas also has the ability to change the way I feel about a character in a second. The characters have been developed extremely well, which is something I’m grateful for, as lately I’ve been coming across a lot of flat and under-developed characters in YA. Celaena goes through so much, Dorian becomes more likeable and is coming into his own and I have no idea how to feel about Chaol anymore. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series just so I can be in the company of these characters again.

I’m going to avoid revealing anything about the plot as I want this review to be spoiler-free. All I will say is that so much happens in this novel, which is another thing I’m thankful for. Some sequels just bridge the gap between the first and final books, with very little happening and characters that don’t develop. With Crown of Midnight, I never knew which direction the plot was going to head in and this kept me on the edge of my seat.

As with Throne of Glass, the world building in Crown of Midnight, is fantastic and I had fun exploring this world along with the characters. I also loved learning about its history and politics, as it helped to make Celaena’s world detailed and appear very real.

I don’t have anything negative to say about Crown of Midnight apart from the fact that there is something that stopped me from loving this book enough to give it five out of five stars. I felt the same with Throne of Glass and, annoyingly, I have yet to work out what that thing is. Having said that, this is a series that I definitely recommend to fans of YA.

4/5 stars

 – Liz

“Waiting On” Wednesday #8: 07/10/2015

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine (http://breakingthespine.blogspot.co.uk) which allows readers and bloggers to feature an up and coming book that they’re excited about.

The book that I’ve chosen for this week is:

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

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In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee is a retelling of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and it sounds amazing. Plus, the cover is gorgeous. This Monstrous Thing is set to be published on 22nd October, 2015 and I’m hoping to get my hands on it as soon as I possibly can.

 – Liz

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Review

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The following synopsis has been taken from Goodreads.

Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.

KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.

LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.

MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.

None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible.

With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently…” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Release Date: 18th February, 2013

Pages: 368

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Younger Readers

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchase

If you’re looking to read a contemporary YA novel that will keep you hooked from start to finish, then Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian might be the book for you. Burn for Burn is a strong book and the writing is excellent. For me, Burn for Burn was one of those books that I couldn’t stop thinking about when I wasn’t reading it. It was always on my mind. Nearly everything about the novel was perfect and I found the last fifty or so pages to be very gripping – I just needed to know how everything was going to end.

The story is told from the perspectives of the three main characters: Kat, Lillia and Mary. I connected to all of the main characters really well and I went through a wide range of emotions as I read the novel. Many important issues, such as bullying and suicide, have been weaved into the story and this helped to build interesting back stories for Kat, Lillia and Mary. One of the things that I admired about the main characters is that they each had their own distinct voice. I’ve often read YA books that only have one narrator and yet the author struggles to create a well-defined and unique voice for the main character, resulting in many YA narrators from different books and genres sounding the same. This isn’t the case with Burn for Burn. Kat’s voice is definitely the most powerful and I enjoyed reading her perspective the most.

What stopped me from giving the book five out of five stars was the fact that towards the end of the book, things got a little predictable. I was able to work out how the book was going to end but it was still exciting to read. The only thing that I didn’t like about the book was the suggestion that something paranormal is happening to one of the characters. I felt that this particular plot line was unnecessary and I think that the book would have been a better read without it.

Burn for Burn is an addicting read and one that I recommend to YA readers out there. This particular trilogy could very well end up being a favourite of mine.

4/5 stars

 – Liz

#FrightFall Read-a-Thon Begins!

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Today is the 5th October which means that the #FrightFall Read-a-Thon officially begins! The Read-a-Thon lasts a week and you are only required to read one scary book during the week (or a thriller/mystery/gothic novel for those who are faint of heart).

During the Read-a-Thon I’m planning on reading the following:

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Ideally, I’d like to read four books for this Read-a-Thon but at the moment I’m undecided on what the final two books should be. If I make my mind up I’ll either update this post or I’ll mention the final two books in a report about my progress with #FrightFall in a few days time.

If you would like to participate in #FrightFall, then you can sign up here. I’m really excited about this Read-a-Thon as I love all things spooky. Good luck if you’re taking part in #FrightFall! 🙂

– Liz