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Book Review – City Of Glass

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Title: City of Glass [The Mortal Instruments 3]

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Lenght: 541

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Wow this book was awesome, by far my favourite one so far.

There was never a dull moment in the plot, things were always happening but it still took its moments to make me laugh. Though I worked out a big plot resolving around someone I’m going to call S since I don’t want to ruin it for anyone reading this review, it didn’t bother me because I still questioned if it was true or not right up until the end.

Jace really got under my skin n this book. I barely even noticed how dumb Clary was (most the time, some stuff was too stupid to ignore), because I was too busy wanting to punch Jace in the face. The way he treated Clary at some points was just horrible and pretty much all he does is mope about how he is all filled with demon blood and is evil because of it. All of that being said, I actually really liked the relationship he developed with Simon. Who would have thought that would have happened?

On a side note how bad is Simon’s luck? Is it wrong that I find it really funny? Nah…

Though I loved this book because it had so much happening in it, it did have downsides. One huge thing was TOTALLY given away and I think it was because the author just had so much to think about that she kind of just chucked it in there. This is a bit spoilery so you might want to skip to the next paragraph. In this book we are looking for the third instrument, this mirror. Then we have Clary fall into a poisonous lake which is connected to angels, and which Luke said one of its names had the word mirror in it. That was a serious flaw Clare. Just it being poisonous and connected to angels would have left it open to people guessing. Calling it a mirror was just stupid.

But there are moment like made the feels come out. Yay for Luke and Clary’s mum, I was so happy that things start to kick off for them. When she woke up I was so happy. Her and Clary’s fight was sad but I still liked it. I actually laughed when this happened:

“I was just trying to protect you-”

“Well you did a terrible job!”

I don’t really know why it was funny. Probably because she really did a very terrible, terrible job.I freaked the hell out when Magnus vanished after Clary helped him do something without showing any sign of helping her with her side of the deal. Thank god that worked out. And Spoiler – Max dies. Wow was I sad. Out of everyone to kill though, he was probably a good choice. He was aside character but his death still showed the effect the war had on everyone, and it was kind of a good balance between the good things that were happening in the book. – End Spolier.

I love the ending even though someone who was supposed to have died clearly didnt because they never found the body. It was a great conclusion. I know the story was supposed to end here, and it was a great ending. Im a little bit worried about it continuing. The ending was great, why are you risking staining that? You have a lot to uphold Clare.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Bucket List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Things On My Bookisk Bucket List

  1. First on me list would have to be meeting and getting authors to sign some of my favourite books of all time! In first place for this I think I will have to give it to Melina Marchetta for her book On The Jellicoe Road. For a tie in second we have Veronica Roth for her Divergent series, and Stephenie Meyer for her book The Host.
  2. I would love to go to The Australian Book Expo one year and I would even love to go to one in another country more! But the chances of the second one happening are much lower.
  3. I would love to get 100 followers for me blog! I am currently sitting n 78. So close! I love you all <3
  4. Complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 80 books this year.
  5. Buy a proper large, wooden, and ‘fancy’ bookcase rather than the cheap and dodgy ones from kmart. My books are beautiful so they deserve something stunning to live on.
  6. Discover and read at least 12 Debut authors for the Debut Author Challenge.
  7. Read more books by Australian authors!!! I need to encourage those close to home :)
  8. Read at least one other George R.R. Martin book this year. The size of them are just scary!
  9. Read the bloody Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling because I have never read it before. Whats wrong with me…
  10. Own a stunning boxset/collection of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and actually read them all.

Now I have kind of touched on my reading goals before so if you would like to see all the reading challenges I have placed upon myself this year check out my 2014 Reading and Blogging Resolutions.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Insurgent

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Title: Insurgent [Divergent 2]

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Action

Length: 525

Rating: 5 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Movie Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book is just as a good as the first one but has a much darker tone to it. Things are also constantly happening rather than it all happening at the end of the book.

Rollercoaster feelings happened. I have a change of heart about many characters. By the end I didn’t like Tori because I found her to be way more crazy than I originally thought, I totally despised Caleb with a passion. I wanted to ripped his eyes out and peel his skin from his body, one little bit at a time. While he was a awake and feel all this happening. Yeah thats the kind of hatred he produced. There was also a person who was an enemy who I was like, I don’t know if I can hate you anymore. I also actually fell in love Christina in this book. Which you think would have been hard to do because of what happened with Will and Tris and how I found her a bit iffy in the first one, but the whole thing with Will kind of brought them closer together I couldnt not love her after that. That scene where she forgives Tris for what happens to Will brought me to tears it was so beautiful. We also see Edward again, and oh my god is he bonkers, and we get much awaited deaths, and I took sooo much joy from at least one of them.

Tris and Four’s relationship was rocky in this story. I think this annoyed some people but not me. Who could have a solid relationship with what is happening in their world and with everything they are going through. Though I will agree that most of their issues wouldn’t be happening if they actually talked to each other and that was a bit annoying. That being said these issues do not over power the rest of the story time which was refreshing.

Tris’ struggle with dealing with the death of her parents and how things ended with Will is just so sad. I feel so bad for her. So much sadness. She is struggling so hard and Four tries to help her but he doesn’t really help much and she kind of goes on a “I shouldn’t be alive” stint. She can’t even hold a gun anymore. Thats a series issue in her world.

I think one of my favourite scenes would have to be one where the Dauntless return home and play a game of paintball. Everyone is just so happy and getting along for a change and it was just a really good contrast to all the horrible things. We needed a pick me up from the sadness. Another good scene which lightens up the of the book is when Tris is drugged with the Amity ‘happy’ drug they put in their bread to keep everyone calm and mellow. Tris gets injected with way too much and is totally loopy cause of it. Tris on the drug, and how Tris reacted when it finally wore off was great.

My next favourite scene spoiler would have to be when Tris is going through the simulations Jeanine set up for her, trying to win the battle and be able to trick her divergent mind into forgetting she is in a simulation. In what I think is one of the last ones Jenean put her through (there were other before hand) she snaps out of one having to do with Tobias and says “You’ll have to do better than that Jeanine,” and Jeanine totally flips out because she can’t understand how she keeps beating them. It was a glorious moment because really, who wants Jeanine to be happy? End spoiler.

At the end of the book we get left with a huge cliff hanger than completely changes the course in which the entire story was going and can only lead to serious changes happening in the next book. I can’t wait to start! And I demamd that everyone go read these books. They are just so awesome, and the movie is coming out/is out in some places and you should always do the books before the movie!

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – City Of Ashes

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Title: City of Ashes [The Mortal Instruments 2]

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 453

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I liked this book more than the first one.

And can I just take a random moment to say how much I love the cat Church? They talk to him like he understands and he leads people around the house. He is just awesome. But then again, I like most cats in books if they get a little bit of special personality traits.

Now onto the things people actually care about haha.

Unlike the first book I enjoyed the writing style in this one much more. I think Clare has really gotten into the flow of how the story and all the characters should go and say and all that stuff. It just makes the story easy to follow and enjoyable to read.

I know I said that I thought Simon brought out the best in Clary, that does not mean in anyway shape or form that I think they should be dating. What the hell do you think you are doing Clary???? The only time the two of you dating would be accept is if you were both like 50 and had made a deal to be together if you could find no one else, even then you never know. Its not that hard to find someone better boyfriend material that Simon. Why do people always assume just cause people have a good friendship that means they should date? Even people in real life tend to do this. Its annoying. The relationship was very forced and thought I was a bit upset when Simon basically died, I was jumping up and down with joy because it meant the relationship would end. But of course he didn’t die, but thank you Simon for coming to your senses and ending it. It made me very happy.

We got to meet knew people in this book. I both liked and hated these people. We got a good meeting of the fey and their queen, and anyone by now should know that I like a good/cunning/different kind of evil villain. I got this in her, she’s a bit of bitch, but I love how she messes with their minds. It was pretty funny. And it made Simon sad haha. But then we also met the Inquisitor from the Clave. Oh my god I don’t think I have hated a character this hard in a really long time. Everytime anyone even just mentioned her I instantly become furious. She is just crazy, and not the crazy I like. She is the kind of crazy that hasnt actually lost her marbles but acts upon things that have no basis because thats the way she wants it to be for her own pathetic reasons, despite how wrong she is proven to be.

Other than that there were some really great moments in the book. One of which I feel is worth mentioning is that both Jace and Clary come into their own powers which have been mentioned as a possibility in the first book. Clary really begins to shine because of this. She gets a kind of new confidence that makes her more appealing and enjoyable as a character. I didn’t really get this feeling with Jace because you always knew he was kind of more superhuman then the others. Still enjoyable though.

So yes, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the supernatural, some good action, and is interested in reading a series rather than a trilogy.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – The Truth of the Matter

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Title: The Truth of the Matter

Author: Andrew Klavan

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Adventure

Length: 336

Rating: 3.5 Star (rounded down to 3)

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

“Never give in.”

Ever since he woke up in a terrorist torture chamber–with a year of his life erased from his mind–Charlie West has been on the run. He has one desperate hope of getting his life back: track down the mysterious agent named Waterman. But in fact, reaching Waterman–and recovering the secrets lost in his own memory–will only increase his danger. Because a team of ruthless killers is rapidly closing in on him, determined to stop him from finding the answers. And the truth of the matter is more incredible…and more deadly…than he could ever imagine.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Yaaayyyy!!!! In this book we finally really get some answers. At the beginning our boy gets shot with a drug that will restore his memory, but at a price. He will be in serious pain when he remembers stuff. I got more pleasure from these moments than I think is normal. Finally, something gets the better of our goodie goodie main character called Charlie West. You have magiced your way out of too many things, now something you can’t get passed has happened and I am happy. Though, he does seem to be able to control it to a certain extent and that made me annoyed.

In terms of plot we seem to do a little dance of gaining some ground then we loose some , gain some, loose some. Charlie finds Waterman, which I found confusing because he found him cause of picture but as far as I remember that picture didn’t reveal where he was, just who he was, and somehow we start the book with him knowing where he is… Oh the magic of Charlie. So he finds him and doesn’t trust him and gets shot with the drug for his memory, then Waterman dies and he is trying to escape from the terrorists again. And then the police. Which he does, cause he is Charlie.

But finally he comes across some people that aren’t trying to arrest him or kill him. Just a random mother and son that hide him from the police in their house while he gets over being sick (hahahaha suck it Charlie, about time the elements nearly kill you) despite knowing everything about him. I think this part was my favourite part of the book. Though I don’t like Charlie and he is awfully endowed with magical main character powers it was a nice break to have someone treat him like the child he pretty much is.

The book ends of a kind of cliff hanger so I will need to pick up the last book at some point to be satisfied. You can totally tell everything is going to be fine for Charlie though, so its not like I can’t see whats coming. Till next time…

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Book Review – The Fault In Our Stars

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Title: The Fault In Our Stars

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Length: 206

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

If you don’t want spoilers for this book, I suggest you move on because there will be spoilers here.

Now I think most of you in bookland have read this book already and there isn’t really much else anyone can say about it because its been talked about alot and there is even a movie coming out soon, but I’m going to talk about it anyway because I want to give me two-cents!

I had to wait a rather long time after finishing this book to be able to start the review. I didn’t really have any words that made sense. I still don’t really have any words that make sense but here it goes.

This book was really heartbreaking. This book had me on the brink of tears multiple times. Then at the end I cried. This book was really quite heart breaking.

I go into this story knowing its about a girl who is dying of cancer. So in my mind the entire time I’m thinking its going to end with her dying because I have not read/listened/watched any reviews about the book cause I knew I was going to get to it eventually. So I was completely devastated that the person I thought was going to die the entire time is still alive by the end of the book and one of the only healthy people you meet at the beginning, my favourite character, the one most filled with life, dies instead. You also know that our main character is still going to die at some point probably not that long after the book ends.

Hazel is a pretty good character. I can’t even begin to think about what its like knowing that your life has an expiration date that is years before most people an having to live with things constantly helping you breathe. Im sure that would make you grow up faster than most people, and make her kind of harsh and disconnected from everyone. She was the character I was suspecting and welcomed for this kind of story. The only thing I didn’t really like about her or the other child/teen characters is that they seemed a bit too wise at times. Just because they are dying doesn’t make them wise…

I loved Augustus so so so much. He is really what made the book for me despite the fact I think his name is ridiculous. Pretty much all the lines that I highlighted in my kindle were from him and because I loved them. I think my favourite section of the whole book was when he was describing the swing set.

“I must see this old swing set of tears immediately.”

“That is one sad goddamned swing set.”

“We gotta do something about this frigging swing set,” he said. “I’m telling you, it’s ninety percept of the problem.”

I also loved the fact that they gave it to the person they gave it to because he said I just want them to go outside when he was talking about his children. And the book is full of funny lines like that which kind of makes it more heart breaking. Damn you good writing and characters, why must you be in such a sad book? My hear broken when I heard that Augustus was going to die.

After I read the book I went straight away to go watched the trailer. I can’t believe how good it looks, I am so excited! I will read this book again and I plan on buying a paper version of this book so I can proudly display it on my shelf.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Autumn TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Things On My Autumn TBR List

91JrUQ9WgOL._SL1500_1. Since I am currently reading it and I am totally loving it and flying through it considering its a epic length book (which normally take me months) I’m going to give this place to The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent.

 

 

81NJh0tcJDL._SL1500_2. Because I am also reading this book at the moment I shall give second place to The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko.

 

 

97814472632273. Third place goes to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because after such serious reads Im gonna want to have a nice little break.

 

 

 

half-bad-sally-green4. This place goes to Half Bad by Sally Green because it sounds awesome and I am behind on my debut author challenge.

 

 

 

913uGNNZwwL._SL1500_5. The Last Falcon by Colleem Ruttan wins 5th because it was sent to me signed by the author and I need to hurry up and read it!

 

 

 

97818488753716. The Identity Man by Andrew Klavan because it was a gift.

 

 

 

O Lar da Senhora Peregrine para Crianças Peculiares7. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I have heard great things and the pictures interest me.

 

 

 

JAN038. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.

 

 

 

71BufG21PDL._SL1275_9. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. Its down so long because the size is scar, but I need to read it.

 

 

 

81n92+LEzyL._SL1500_10. And finally Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris. Not looking forward to it, but they were a gift and I feel bad not reading them. Only part of me wants to hurry up and get them over with…

 

 

Thats all for today guys!

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Across The Universe

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Title: Across the Universe [Across the Universe 1]

Author: Beth Revis

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Romance

Length: 398

Rating: 3 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I don’t really know what I was expecting when I entered this book. I don’t normally read science fiction, its not that I don’t like it its just I think I’m fussy about which ones I read. I thought because of all the hype with this book that I would enjoy it. The idea behind the story sounded great. So when I was done I was a bit underwhlemed.

Our main characters are Elder and Amy. Amy was a fine character I suppose. I feel bad for her, the situation she has been placed is is truly awful. I know I would hate and would probably act as stupid as her at times because of the frustration. That being said that doesn’t mean I liked to read about it. Some of the things she thought and did were just painful. At one point she nearly wakes up her father because she is a selfish cow and wants him and I was basically screaming at the book all kind of horrible names and words because I couldn’t believe she was actually going to be that stupid. Thank God she didn’t go through with it at the end. I would have stopped reading the book if it had of happened because I would of hated her too much.

I don’ know how I feel about Elder. I understand he grew up in a very different world and was taught very different ways of thinking to was myself, and Amy, think, so I try to be understanding about certain things but its difficult. I like him at times but some of the things he says and does are just… bleh.

The love between these guys is really really weird. Its not great but kind of works. This I put mostly to how spastic the world Elder lives in and how he has been taught to think and do things, however it also feels very very forced at times. I was completely shocked and appalled that it was still there in the end. Elder does some things that Amy only finds out about at the end of the book, awful things, and she just forgives him straight away. I think it lost a star just because of this. I mean, it wouldn’t have killed them to have Amy hate him at the end of book and MAYBE if you were desperate to have them love each other fix things in the next one.

In terms of plot it was ok. I worked out who our bad guy was pretty much the first time he popped up in the book so I found that very sad. There wasn’t really much suspense left once I did that. I worked it out way to early in the book. The only thing that I hadn’t figured out was why he was going all the things he did.  The world was really interesting though and at times the book did have me going and I was wrapped. I was really sad when one of the characters dies, they were one of the things I really liked about the book.

So yeah. It was ok but I really don’t think its worth all the hype I have heard. Im really interested to see how they possibly fix the things I hated in this book and where things go from here.

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Book Review – On The Jellicoe Road

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Title: On The Jellicoe Road

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery

Length: 289

Rating: 5 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

I’m dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.

Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs – the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.

And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother – who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Ahh. I just don’t have the right words to explain how I feel about this book. I have read it so many times yet when I go to tell people they should read it, I can never find the words that will make them understand just how I feel about this book.

This is one of a few books that has made me cry my eyes out. Multiple times.

This is one of two books that once I finished it I found I wasn’t ready to stop yet and immediately turned back to the start and read it again.

Forget about the description, it doesn’t prepare you for what is hidden within this book. But I don’t know if I should try and explain it to you or not. I think perhaps you should go in blind and come out with new eyes.

All of this being said however I can see where some people might hate this book.Its depressing and there are very few happy moments, and so there is a lot of teen agnst. The structure might also annoy some, know the first time you read this you might be confused by its structure.

None of those things affected me though.

I love each and everyone of the characters, even the ones I hate I love. The angst doesn’t bother me at all. If I had been through the lives of some of characters within the book I would be angry or depressed too. I would find it unrealistic and less enjoyable if they were still so upbeat. However, the connection and love that develops between them all is just so beautiful and touching. It is probably wrong to say this, I would never want my life to be anywhere near as tragic as the ones they live, but I wish I could join in. I want to be part of that circle of friendship and family so badly, I kind of feel like I am though because of how I feel about them.

The structure and plot of the story is presented both in the present and the past, with the past story being presented to us in random segments. Part of the thing I loved about the structure was that I had to work out in what order those past events happened and understand how it relates to what we are living through in the present.

The writing is beautiful. Some of my favourite quotes of all time come from this book. If I was ever to get any tattoo, which I am so against, it would be a quote from this book. It is firmly placed in the top of my favourite books list. I am so glad I noticed the cover when it was on sale at Big W years ago. I don’t like to think about if I had of kept walking and decided I didn’t have enough money. It has gotten me through sad times despite its own sadness.

I will continue reading this book until the day I die. Its part of me.

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Book Review – The Long Way Home

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Title: The Long Way Home [The Homelanders 2]

Author: Andrew Klavan

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Adventure

Length: 345

Rating: 3 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

Sometimes you have to go home to find out who you really are.

Charlie West went to bed one night an ordinary high-school student. He woke up a hunted man. Terrorists are trying to kill him. The police want to arrest him for the stabbing death of his best friend. He doesn’t know whose side he’s on or who he can trust. With his pursuers closing in on every side, Charlie makes his way back to his hometown to find some answers. There, holed up in an abandoned mansion, he’s joined by his friends in a desperate attempt to discover the truth about a murder he can’t remember’and the love he can never forget.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book fell a star or a half short of the first one for me. Perhaps I got used to the idea of the story? I don’t know.

We finally got some answers in this book. Thank god. About halfway through I started panicking that nothing was going to get revealed in this book either and if that had of been true I would have had to throw the book at the wall. I could not handle more than one book with no answers. Thank god some of them were answered.

For the most part the plot moved along pretty steadily. I get a very Bourne series feel from these books. He is all confused about who he is, many many people are after him and trying to kill him. He must clear his name and get his memory back blah blah. You get the answer to like 2 questions raised in the first book. Kinda. I wont say which ones because it will ruin it for you but know they are coming. One of them really isn’t all that hard, it was a bit too easy, despite a bit of misdirection. We get a lot more of “I love my country and God” talk in this one which had more tuning out a bit, but its obviously a serious about fighting terrorists so I suppose that’s to be expected.

Where the story gets interesting to me is that we actually get to meet people that are not trying to kill him/take him to prison in the present rather than just him remembering them from his last day of memory. I found his friendly really funny. There was a section where they were watching a friend do something and just kept repeating “Hes gonna die.” I don’t know why but it was funny to me. It wasn’t to our main character Charlie, but it was to me. After all the stuff we watch him go through the situation with his friends is easy.

Charlie’s relationship with Beth isn’t the big romantic thing to me as it is played out to be in the book. Its actually kinda boring, specially since Charlie doesn’t even remember it. It is just your standard high school fling so far. Maybe it will change when Charlie remembers the past year.

Now our main character Charlie kind of annoyed me this book. So many of the things he does are very super human and he doesn’t seem them as super human at all. To me he is a bit full of himself, he doesn’t question really any of the things he does. A lot of things also just magically happen to him to make it work out. Though I’m sure things like that happen, I just couldn’t get into them in this story. Charlie also is kind of dumb, he says some things that instantly clicked in my head as the answer or as something funky or wrong but it took someone who is so super humanly surviving the way he is just way too long to work out sometimes. Those things should never have been in question/accepted!

So yeah. This book fell a bit flat for me, but I got some new things that were exciting/interesting and fun to read about. I think I will pick up the third book really soon because I really still want to know what the hell is going on.