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By: Melanie | December 18, 2015 | (26) Comments

Lady Helen tour

Thanks to the lovely people at HarperCollins Australia for organising this tour! Hey guys! Today I’m here with a super awesome author – she wrote award-winning duology Eon and Eona, and publising in January next year is Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club. (But for us Australians, it was already published on the 14th of December – whoop!) Her newest novel is set in the 19th century London with a paranormal twist; trust me guys, it’s super fabulous. So anyway, on […]

By: Larissa | June 20, 2015 | (48) Comments

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This novel had quite the premise, it appealed to me on every level. I mean come on, historical fiction coupled up with a complex blackmail scenario? Sign me up. Unfortunately with Tangled Webs I found myself simply unable to finish it. I ended up marking it as DNF at 30 percent just because I was so, so, so detached and bored out of my mind. The biggest issue for me was definitely the writing in this one. It just read as so bland and typical, […]

By: Larissa | March 9, 2015 | (86) Comments

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It’s no big secret that I’m totally enamored with  the historical fiction sub-genre within YA. I have read nearly all of the historical fiction out there within the YA demographic and have seen equal parts good and bad. With this in mind, consider the weighting of what I say next: Under a Painted Sky brings a diversity to the genre I haven’t seen before. As much as I adore the genre, I’ve read my share of rich white debutantes/duchesses/whatever but there really is a noticeable […]

By: Larissa | March 5, 2015 | (42) Comments

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Thank you The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club for organizing this tour! This one was calling my name everybody. Historical fiction? Film noir? Murder? The Golden Age of Hollywood? Sign me up. The Film noir aspect of Dead to Me was certainly not disappointing.  Shady side characters you can never trust, ambiguous morals, murder, corruption everywhere, private investigators, femme fatales were all placed within the jungle of an urban city. It felt like the perfect remembrance to Film noir, even encompassing that hard to truly […]

By: Celine | January 2, 2015 | (40) Comments

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The Ghosts of Heaven was my very first Marcus Sedgwick book. I’d heard great things about his books, and I was happy to be able to read this one. How it went? Pretty well – I loved it. The story is divided into four quarters, and they are all so different I can’t review this as a whole, though the stories do fit together. So I’ll just review the stories individually! Quarter One: Whispers in the Dark The first story follows a girl […]

By: Melanie | September 29, 2014 | (28) Comments

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After all the positive 4-5 star reviews that started rolling in for Masquerade, I definitely was expecting something that was going to blow me right off my feet. I think, I set myself up for too much because after reading this book, I felt rather underwhelmed. However, this is not to say I didn’t enjoy Masquerade–the setting and plot line were brilliantly written. Masquerade centres around 7 teenagers in Venice of the year 1750 during the Carnevale. For the 335 pages this […]

By: Melanie | August 25, 2014 | (34) Comments

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Honestly, I just don’t think Kiersten White novels work for me. Paranormalcy was a dud for me as well as Mind Games which I actually ended up DNFing because I couldn’t get into the story not matter what. Illusions of Fate, though better than Mind Games, still felt like a chore to get through. Jessamin, the main character was someone I had little interest in. I did like her sass, but she was awfully stupid and stubborn. She is constantly falling for tricks antagonists pull in front of […]

By: Larissa | June 23, 2014 | (26) Comments

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Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It’s my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy. Alias Hook  was after the events of the tale of Peter Pan, which many know and love. Lisa Jensen manages to carefully construct what […]

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