3 Points, Humour, Reviews, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Just Dreaming | Silver #3 | ISBN 9781627790802 | Henry Holt, 2017 | 3 out of 5 Points

“The course of dream travel never did run smooth—at least, not in Liv Silver’s experience. Able to visit other people’s dreams (whether they want her to or not), Liv has solved mysteries, unearthed difficult truths, fought madmen, and escaped life-threatening peril, all from the comfort of her own bed. But Liv’s troubles are just beginning…

A rocky romance, a malicious blogger with a hidden identity, a wedding, and a classmate (or two) dead-set on revenge all await Liv in this action-packed conclusion to the Silver trilogy.” Continue Reading

Bookish Banter, Reviews, TV Shows

13 Reasons Why Mental Illness“13 Reasons Why” has raised quite a bit of attention when it was released on Netflix earlier this year. An adaptation of a bestselling YA novel, and one of Netflix’ by now pretty famous direct-to-stream productions, it’s been hailed as ‘The show you have to binge watch next’. And it’s true that this show was extremely bingeable. At the beginning, you are presented with the premise:

There are 13 people who are responsible for the suicide of Hannah Baker, and with every episode, another person’s name and story will be revealed. You get to know a whole cast of people surrounding the main character, Clay, through whose ears we hear Hannah’s story, and you just want to know which of those people is one of the reasons, and if you find out that one person is a reason before their episode, you want to find out what they did.

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3 Points, Gothic & Horror, Mystery, Reviews, Thriller, Young Adult

Wish Me Dead | Stand-Alone | ISBN 9780141363028 | Penguin, 2015 | 3 out of 5 Points

“The funny thing is I never even meant the first one. Now I bitterly regret visiting the cursed witch’s house, deep in the middle of the forest. It’s where I made my wishes. I wished Klara Klein dead. It came true. I wished for the most gorgeous boy in town to finally notice me. It came true. I wished to be rid of the poisonous busybody who destroyed my family. It came true.

I didn’t mean for this to happen. Not me, Steffi Nett, the shy one who never says anything. But as the body count increases with every wish I make . . .who else could it be?” Continue Reading

4 Points, Favourites, Humour, Reviews, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

The Reformed Vampire Support GroupThe Reformed Vampire Support Group | Paranormal Support Groups #1 | ISBN 9781847247780 | Quercus, 2009 | 4 out of 5 Points

“Think vampires are romantic, sexy, and powerful? Think again. Vampires are dead. And unless they want to end up staked, they have to give up fanging people, admit their addiction, join a support group, and reform themselves.

Nina Harrison, fanged at fifteen and still living with her mother, hates the Reformed Vampire Support Group meetings every Tuesday night. Even if she does appreciate Dave, who was in a punk band when he was alive, nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until one of group members is mysteriously destroyed by a silver bullet. With Nina (determined to prove that vamps aren’t useless or weak) at the helm, the misfit vampires soon band together to track down the hunter.”

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5 Points, Fantasy, Favourites, Reviews, Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Heaven | Stand-Alone | ISBN 9781408314661 | Orchard Books, 2012 | 5 out of 5 Points

The night that Heaven lost her heart was cold and moonless. But the blade that sliced it out was warm with her dark blood… David Pettyfer is taking a shortcut over the dark rooftops of London’s brooding houses, when he literally stumbles across Heaven: a strange, beautiful, distraught girl who says that bad men have stolen her heart. Yet she’s still alive…

And so begins David and Heaven’s wild, exciting and mysterious adventure—to find Heaven’s heart, and to discover the incredible truth about her origins. Part thriller, part love story and part fairy tale, this brilliantly original novel from a bestselling German author will take your breath away…Continue Reading

1 Point, Humour, Reviews, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Dream on | Silver #2 | ISBN 9781627790796 | Henry Holt & Co., 2016 | 1 out of 5 Points

“Things seem to be going well for Liv Silver: she’s adjusting to her new home in London; she has a burgeoning romance with Henry Harper, one of the cutest boys in school; and the girl who’s been turning her dreams into nightmares, Anabel, is now locked up. But serenity doesn’t last for long. It seems that Liv’s troubles are far from over—in fact, suddenly they’re piling up. School gossip blogger Secrecy knows all of Liv’s most intimate secrets, Henry might be hiding something from her, and at night Liv senses a dark presence following her through the corridors of the dream world. Does someone have a score to settle with Liv?” Continue Reading

2 Points, Reviews, Time Travel, Urban Fantasy, Victorian, Young Adult

The Door That Led to Where | Stand-Alone | ISBN 9781471401084 | Delacorte, 2016 | 2 out of 5 Points

AJ Flynn has just failed all but one of his GCSEs, and his future is looking far from rosy. So when he is offered a junior position at a London law firm he hopes his life is about to change – but he could never have imagined by how much.

Tidying up the archive one day, AJ finds an old key, mysteriously labelled with his name and date of birth – and he becomes determined to find the door that fits the key. And so begins an amazing journey to a very real and tangible past – 1830, to be precise – where the streets of modern Clerkenwell are replaced with cobbles and carts, and the law can be twisted to suit a villain’s means. Although life in 1830 is cheap, AJ and his friends quickly find that their own lives have much more value. They’ve gone from sad youth statistics to young men with purpose – and at the heart of everything lies a crime that only they can solve. But with enemies all around, can they unravel the mysteries of the past, before it unravels them? Continue Reading

4 Points, Gothic & Horror, LGBT+ Fiction, Reviews, Southern Gothic, Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

As I Descended | Stand-Alone | ISBN 9780062409232 | HarperTeen, 2016 | 4 out of 5 Points

“Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them. Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey. Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word. Continue Reading

4 Points, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Reviews, Young Adult

CaravalCaraval | Caraval #1 | ISBN 9781250095251 | Flatiron Books , 2017 | 4 of 5 Points

“Remember, it’s only a game… Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Continue Reading

1 Point, Alternative History, DNF, Historical Fiction, LGBT+ Fiction, Medieval, Reviews, Young Adult

And I Darken | The Conqueror’s Saga #1 | ISBN 9780552573740 | Corgi, 2016 | 1 out of 5 Stars | DNF (skim-read the last 100 pages)

“No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way. Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.” Continue Reading