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By: Melanie | October 3, 2015 | (63) Comments

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*This review is spoiler-free* Rick Riordan’s books were some of the first novels I read as a reader, and throughout these past years, his books have always remained my all time favourites. Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and now you can add Magnus Chase to that list of awesome. Why? BECAUSE THE SWORD OF SUMMER WAS FANTABULOUS. In fact, I loved this book so much that I bookmarked all the funny bits + my favourite parts… which was basically the […]

By: Melanie | January 16, 2015 | (74) Comments

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It’s been quite a while since I picked up All the Bright Places, and still, I cannot conjure up the right words to review it. The only thing you really need to know before picking up this book is that the title is very deceiving. It is incredibly evil, you see, because this book is not about all the bright and happy things. Sure, there are uplifting moments but I’d be lying if I said this book was about all that. I’ll also add that All […]

By: Melanie | October 18, 2014 | (31) Comments

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WOW. I need a moment. Okay. The Infinite Sea is pure awesome and that’s all you really need to know before picking this book up. While I enjoyed The 5th Wave more, The Infinite Sea is definitely still one of the stronger science-fiction reads I’ve ever encountered. The Infinite Sea has it’s own different merits; and there were certain things that I liked more here, and some things that I started to like less. I found myself not loving Cassie as much […]

By: Melanie | October 8, 2014 | (62) Comments

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This review has ALL The Blood of Olympus spoilers hidden under spoiler tags. For people who have not read The House of Hades, please only read the first and last paragraphs. EDIT 11/10/14 – My thoughts on the rushed ending, lack of all main characters and the ending in general: I cried last night after finishing The Blood of Olympus. I had ran from school straight to the closest bookstore and snagged the book. I might have squealed and flailed a bit, and maybe […]

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 | April 9, 2014 | (27) Comments

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I have nothing new to say about Looking for Alibrandi; my review is just going to be an echo of everyone else’s thoughts. I don’t know why I took such a prolonged time to start reading Melina Marchetta novels, but I certainly regret that I didn’t start sooner. In fact, I probably should have listened to my mum when she recommended it to me last year–it was the first book she ever read in English when she first came to Australia. She […]

By: Melanie | March 18, 2014 | (27) Comments

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I’ve sat at my desk for a good twenty minutes just pondering on how the heck I am going to write a coherent review. My thoughts are awfully conflicting so let’s get right to it! The Good: Half Bad isn’t exactly about witches and all the paranormal crap, it zones in on our main character, Nathan, and his life story. As a child of a White Witch (good) and a Black Witch (bad), Nathan’s life is not easy at all–especially since his […]

By: Melanie | October 9, 2013 | (50) Comments

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So the air was acid. The water was misery. The ground was broken glass. Everything here was designed to hurt and kill. I have never been a fan of including gifs. in my reviews however The House of Hades, calls for some exception. Not only have I been dying for a year to read this, but also because right now, I’m a mess of emotions and words. I mean, I was already crying when my mum snagged a copy for me while […]

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