Release by Patrick Ness

Title: Release Author: Patrick Ness Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, LGBT Fiction Target Audience: Young adults Pages: 287 Publication date: 04/05/17 (UK) My rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches……

Shadow & Bone (The Grishaverse #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse #1) Author: Leigh Bardugo Genres: Fantasy, Romance Target audience: Young adults Pages: 308 Published on: 31/07/2014 (UK) My rating: ★★★☆☆ Synopsis Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast…

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

  Title: A Skinful of Shadows Author: Frances Hardinge Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal Target audience: Young adults Pages: 416 Published on: 21/09/2017 (UK) My rating: ★★★☆☆ Synopsis This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . . Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide.  Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.  Twelve-year-old…

The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves #1) by Sally Green

Title: The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves #1) Author: Sally Green Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 512 Publication date: 03/05/18 (UK) My rating: ★★★★☆ Looking for an entertaining, fast-paced book? You’ve just found it! Synopsis A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands….

Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

  Title: Warcross (Warcross #1) Author: Marie Lu Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Dystopia Pages: 368 Published on: 12th September 2017 My rating: ★★★★★ If you love video games, there is nothing better than reading a book that really explores every little thing you can experience when you’re playing. Warcross is that book….

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Title: The Sun Is Also a Star Author: Nicola Yoon Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance Pages: 348 My rating: ★★★★★ Don’t you love when you give a book a try, even when your expectations are low, and end up loving it? I certainly do and that’s what happened to me this time.     Synopsis…

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

    Title: The Wicked Deep Author: Shea Ernshaw Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Pages: 320 Publishing date: 08/03/18 (UK) My rating: ★★★★☆ The Wicked Deep drowned everything around me while I was reading it (pun absolutely intended). It’s so entertaining you’ll feel tempted to pick it up again right after you’ve put it down. Who knows, maybe…

Books I Should Have Read Last Year But Didn’t

Last year, I managed to read 47 books, which is a great accomplishment for a slow reader like me. What can I say, I’m not the kind of person who can read 5 books in two days (if that’s even possible…) My initial goal for 2017 was 45 and this year I’m still aiming for…

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

    Title: The Hazel Wood Author: Melissa Albert Genres: Fantasy; Young Adult; Thriller Pages: 368 Publishing date: 30/01/18 (US); 08/02/18 (UK) My rating: ★★★★★     The Hazel Wood made me feel the same way I used to whenever I wanted a coke from a vending machine in college and it handed me the coke AND a…

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr

Title: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black Author: Emily Barr Genres: Young-Adult Contemporary Fiction Pages: 288 Publishing date: 11/01/18 My rating: ★☆☆☆☆     The Truth and Lies of Ella Black caught my attention from the very moment I read the words written in bold on the first page: 40 days until she dies. Who wouldn’t…