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By: Melanie | January 5, 2016 | (50) Comments

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Last year in January (2015) I made a plan to read one short story per month from this anthology/collection/book-thingy (seeing as there were 12 stories and I thought that would be cool (it’s really not)) And, like most of my other plans, it totally failed. So here I am in January 2016 reading my way through the last bunch of stories all in one go because damn, this book has been sitting on my bedside table for long enough. Anyway, I ended […]

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: Melanie | June 16, 2015 | (42) Comments

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The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is one of those laugh out loud, quirky contemporaries with fantastic underlying messages that every contemporary junkie needs to read. It’s definitely a book that I enjoyed, and apparently a spider agrees with me (it’s now dead though). Oh yes, I went to the bathroom the other day and when I came back to my desk, there was a huge ugly spider resting on my book. The horrors. I legit screamed and spent the next […]

By: Larissa | June 6, 2015 | (19) Comments

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I adored the first installment of this series, Stolen Songbird. I easily gave it five stars and it shone as one of my 2014 favorites. It was because of my complete adoration for the first novel that my expectations for Hidden Huntress were set sky high. However, unfortunately my hopes were dashed as this book seemed quite typical of that horrible second book syndrome us YA readers all know of and fear. A big issue for me in Hidden Huntress is the fact I really […]

By: Melanie | March 18, 2015 | (41) Comments

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I was actually not aware that Suma was publishing another book so when I saw this one popping up on Netgalley, I nearly fell out of my seat. No exaggeration, peoples. Seventeen & Gone was when the author stole my heart, and tucked it away some place where I’ll never find it again. And while The Walls Around Us did not deliver the same effect, I am still amazed by Suma’s amazing writer-abilities. Her books are castles, and you’d be mad not to see it that […]

By: Celine | January 31, 2015 | (37) Comments

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We all know our fairy tales, and we all know how they end: the heroine ends up with the prince, her one true love, and they live happily ever after. Have you ever thought about that? At the start of the story, the heroine and the prince have never met, and by the end they’re living together. Sometimes they spend time together throughout the story, sometimes, say, a princess is woken up by the kiss of a handsome stranger and is then […]

By: Melanie | January 20, 2015 | (67) Comments

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To make the cake batter, throw in an incredibly flawed and rule-breaking girl, and then mix it in with a strong sibling dynamic slowly then chuck it in the oven and bake it in a sci-fi backdrop. Serve the cake with a heavy dollop of bad romance and a sprinkle of headache ensuing info-dumps, and there you have it: Dissonance. Delancey Sullivan is a Walker. It’s not that she’s special and skilled enough to become one, but because this ability runs in […]

By: Melanie | January 15, 2015 | (65) Comments

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And this, my friends, is why I give authors second chances. I am so glad that I decided to give Becca Fitzpatrick’s work another go despite having abhorred her Hush, Hush series. I wouldn’t go as far to say that Black Ice wasn’t problematic, but despite it’s issues it was a thrilling and relatively fast-paced read. Black Ice is a mystery thriller with (surprisingly) no paranormal aspects at all. I originally believed that this was of the paranormal genre (because silly Mel didn’t bother to carefully read the […]

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