Nevermore

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5 stars
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

{Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermore for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.}



Where do I even begin with this review… Nevermoor blew my expectations out of the water!! (or whatever that saying is)

I received an ARC of this while attending a Hachette event a couple of months ago and I had heard about Nevermoor through Instagram and also through some blogs. Everyone was saying it was going to be the next Harry Potter. I have this pet hate when people say that books are exactly like another book because 1/ no book can be the same and 2/ I sometimes think that it is putting the author of this new book into a box and not giving credit to someone who has worked so hard to write an amazing book because people just assume they are writing the exact same book as someone else. But after reading this I can see kind of how people are saying it is like HP because it has the same sort of vibes as the magical world but really I wouldn’t go into reading this book with another novel in your head with expectations of what it is going to be like because Nevermoor without any expectations is an incredible and wonderful story that you get sucked into and you never want to leave.

It took me about thirty pages to really get into the book, which for me is pretty good because it can take anywhere from fifty to a hundred normally. I think this book went from ‘this is a cute read’ to ‘I am now obsessed’ because of one character and that character was Jupiter North. Jupiter is hilarious and witty. I found myself laughing out loud whenever he was in a scene and I loved his relationship with Morrigan (or Mog as he liked to call her) Truthfully he is the reason that I was able to read this book in only a couple of days because he made the story so magical and wonderful all I wanted to do was read more about Jupiter’s world!

I also adored Morrigan! She is cute and sassy. She is going to be perfect for young girls and boys to read about and relate to. She goes through struggles but she is also brave and loves this new exciting world she finds herself in.
Morrigan’s friends are unique and incredible! Her friendship with Hawthorne felt real and also helped develop Morrigan as a character and I am so interested to see how her friendship with Jack forms over the next book(s).

Except for HP I haven’t read a middle-grade book is so long that I was nervous going into this one because I thought I wouldn’t be able to relate to the characters or I would think the storyline was cute but not one that I would want to read about but Nevermoor has changed my opinion on that! This was exciting with twists and turns throughout the whole story, I loved and related to all the characters and it had me turning page after page even when I should have been sleeping because I needed to know what was going to happen.

Not only has Jessica been able to create characters that are amazing but she has created a new world that so many of us would love to live in. I was honestly surprised with all the things Jessica was able to come up with (a room that changes to suit you. Umm, yes please!) and how she put them to page. Her writing is phenomenal and considering this is her first published novel I can not wait to read more from this amazing and talented writer!

So do yourself a favor and pick up this book because you won’t be sorry! Plus I think it is just as important for adults to be able to step into the make-believe world and have some fun for a while and Nevermoor is perfect for that!!

Happy reading!
Rachel xx

 

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Moonrise

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5 stars
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

{Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.

But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think …

From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?}



‘They think I hurt someone.
But I didn’t. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.’

My heart is shattered into tiny pieces and I don’t know how to put it back together!

This story broke my heart in the most incredible way…
I have never read a book in verse form and when I first received this title I didn’t think I would like it because I thought it would be like poetry which I, unfortunately, am never able to get into but OH MY GOD it was so… I can’t even find the right words to tell you how beautiful this story was!
We follow Joe as he travels to Texas to visit his brother who he hasn’t seen in ten years. Joe only has a number of days left with his brother Ed because Ed is on death road… August 18th Ed will be executed.

The writing is so simple but so powerful that at times I couldn’t believe that with just a few words I felt such heartbreak reading about Joe’s and Ed’s story.

Read this book!!!
I promise you your heart will break but you will not be sorry for reading such an impactful novel!

I’ll just be over here crying my eyes out so don’t mind me…

Thank you Bloomsbury Publishing for sending me this amazing story!

Happy reading!
Rachel xx

Moxie

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5 stars
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

{MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!}



“This is what it means to be a feminist. Not a humanist or an equalist or whatever. But a feminist. It’s not a bad word. After today it might be my favorite word. Because really all it is is girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated like human beings in a world that’s always finding ways to tell them they’re not.”

 

This was such a powerful book! I don’t think I have ever felt this proud to be a woman while reading a book.
There was so much kickass female love in this book that it just made my heart happy ❤ 
Honestly, I would encourage every woman (and man) to read this book but definitely if you are a teenager… I wish I had a book like this when I was younger! 

Viv is such a strong female lead and yet she still makes mistakes and doubts herself just like we all do. We see her grow and fight for her own and everyone else’s rights.
Every character in this book is perfect because every one of us has at least been some if not all of these people in our lives at some point and so you really connect with everyone in the story which means you connect with the story itself.
I read this in a couple of hours because it was such a wonderful read!!!

I am a Moxie Girl!!!

If you want to read about an empowering story about girls and boys standing together and fighting back for something they believe in while also being just a really fun and entertaining book then pick up Moxie!!! You won’t be sorry!!
It comes out on the 19th of September so make sure you preorder this book so you can read it straight away!  

Happy reading!
Rachel xx

All Rights Reserved

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4 stars
All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

{Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks (“Sorry” is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.

But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, she can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speechrather than say anything at allshe closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Seth’s unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.}



The concept of this book was incredible!
The idea that you have to pay for words is so horrible but really not that unbelievable.
I feel like Gregory wrote this at the perfect time! The world that we live in at the moment holds so much power over words and people can just throw them about freely in RL or online… It is a highly intense dystopian book that deals with real problems and social and political issues that we can all relate to.

I thought the writing for the description in this book was great! I really got a feel for the world and all of the new high tech machines.
I could easily see the effect that the world had on the city Speth lived in and how everyone was struggling. But I didn’t love the characters…

I didn’t mind Speth. It annoyed me at times that she didn’t know what she was doing but did it anyway but I liked her enough.
I didn’t connect with Margot at all! I felt she was silly and bitchy at times and also Henri… Dude, I don’t get his part in the story. At first, I thought he was going to be a big part of the books but he was more of a punch line to a joke. I would have rathered Beecher than Henri.
The only character that I really fell for was Speth’s little brother. Though he seemed a little wide for his age I really adored him!

Though saying all of that and not really connecting with the characters I loved the concept and the rest of the story so much that the lack of personalities from most of the characters didn’t bother me at all…

This book was intriguing, exciting and unique. A book that I would defiantly recommend people pick up!!

Thank you, Harlequin Teen for sending me a review copy of this book for my honest option.

Happy reading!
Rachel xx

 

Daughter of the Burning City

 

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4 1/2 stars
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody 

{Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sonia’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.}


Where do I begin with this magical book…
When I first received this book from Harlequin on Net Galley I was intrigued by the concept but I would never have expected I would love the book as much as I did.

Daughter of the Burning City is an incredible story full of magic, mystery, and characters that you will fall in love with! This is a book that had me staying up late into the night so I could finish it because I needed to know how it ended!

The concept of the story was brilliant! A girl without eyes who creates illusions that are being killed off? Seriously how could you not want to read it?
I also really loved the setting. I was wanting the carnival to be more of a focus point in the setting but the more I started to read this book and get connected with the characters the less I care either way if I didn’t see any circus performer acts or anything. Gomorrah is more of a traveling city of magicians, thieves, and sex workers as opposed to what we would consider “performers.”
To be honest my obsession with anything circus/carnival is mainly focused on the ‘darker’ theme of the two so this story was perfect for that. It was hella dark and mysterious and I would give anything to spend even one night there!

I really fell in love with each of the characters. I think Sorina is a very down to earth protagonists. She’s a real girl who just wants to find love and be with her family, though they are figments of her imagination. She comes off as someone that I can relate to and I really enjoyed the way that Amanda portrayed her insecurities with the word ‘freak’ and how she is different from everyone else.

Luca is amazing!!! He is more than the stereotypical arrogant bad boy love interest with a dark past, He’s witty, sometimes awkward and he’s adorable. It’s easy to fall for his character.

Sonia’s family members slowly attached themselves onto my heart and when they began getting killed off a part of my book-heart broke. Even though they are not real, they feel real and you begin to feel for them as you would for any “real” character. Amanda did a great job at showing traits in which Sonia needed in her life and that is why the different characters were created.

This book was phenomenal! I would defiantly recommend it to any fantasy lover out there and anyone who wants a bit of magic in their life!
It had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, it had me swoon over romance and crying over lose.
A wonderful story that everyone needs to read!

Daughter of the Burning City comes out on July 25th, 2017

Happy reading!
Rachel xx

No Way! Okay, Fine

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4 stars
No Way! Okay, Fine by Brodie Lancaster

{No Way, Okay Fine! is a memoir about pop culture, pop music, feminism and feelings.

‘I identified early on that my role in relationships was the sidekick, the platonic female cast member in an all-male production, or the friend who was relied on selectively when other options were unavailable. I was the comic relief or the stand-in, never the lead. I knew this, I felt it, I wrote it down, but I didn’t dare say it aloud because that would prove that I cared and caring wasn’t cool.’

From the small town in regional Australia where she was told that ‘girls can’t play the drums’ to New York City and back again, Brodie has spent her life searching screens, books, music and magazines for bodies like hers, girls who loved each other, and women who didn’t follow the silent instructions to shrink or hide that they’ve received since literal birth. This is the story of life as a young woman through the lenses of feminism and pop culture.

Brodie’s story will make you re-evaluate the power of pop culture in our lives – and maybe you will laugh and cry along the way.}


No Way! Okay, Fine is an unapologetic diary for every woman who lives in the world today!

Brodie’s writing was hilarious and so relatable that I often found myself saying ‘oh my gosh! Same!’ out loud. 
She has written a book that is not only funny and witty but is a true life lesson for girls in this day and age.

She talks about pop culture, body image and everything else you can think of.
She had me laughing out loud and crying all in the same sentence because it is amazing to see a woman who is so relatable talk about these things that you have grown up thinking. 
I truly believe that anyone that identifies as a woman and/or a feminist has to read this book! 

I am so happy to see such a strong, independent, Australian woman stand up and be a voice for so many of us! 

Make sure you pick up a copy in your local bookshop or online! 
And thank you to Hatchett Publishing for sending me a review copy of ‘No way! Okay, fine.’ 

Happy reading!

Rachel xx

Song of the Current

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4 1/2 stars
‘Song of the Current’ by Sarah Tolcser

{Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.}


Song of the Current was epic!

To start off I have to say that I was sent this from Bloomsbury to review but my thoughts are all my own.

This adventure story takes us on a journey of a young girl who is trying to discover who she is and along the way we get to meet some really interesting characters who help shape Caro’s life.
There is so much action and romance jam-packed into this book that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

My favorite part of Song of the Current was the characters.

Caroline was the kind of powerful girl that I always hope to read about in YA books. She was strong and independent. She stood up for herself and for the people she loved and though she sometimes made mistakes she grew from them.
I loved every moment of reading about this girl’s journey!

The other characters in this book were all just as loveable! Each one had good and bad traits and they were all so interesting that even the people in the story you only meet a couple of times had such well developed traits and personalities that they would be able to stand on their own. Sarah did a fantastic job!

The world building was incredible also!

I was able to picture the world so easily that I lost myself in the book and it was sad to have to come back to reality.
I loved all the Gods and the cities and I loved the description of the ships.

This is such a fun story! You will not want to put it down I can guarantee.
SO I recommend everyone put this on their TBR pile asap!

If you have read Song of the Current let me know what you thought in the comments.

Happy reading!
Rachel xx