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Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so, so good. I started slowly, getting used to the style of writing and the characters and then from about page 60 I was totally hooked.
Mia Corvette was ten years old when her father was killed in front of her, and her mother and young brother were taken away and left to rot in the cells. Mia, also on her way to certain death escaped, with the help of Mr Kindly, a not-cat made of shadows, who not only eats Mia’s fear and is with her all of the time, but also provides an equal amount of wit and sarcastic comments.
I love Mia, she reminds me of a Quentin Tarantino character who will not hesitate to end someone’s life if that is what is needed. As the story moves along you get to understand her and I was in full support of her revenge on her father’s killers.
At age 16 Mia is heading off to try to get accepted into The Red Church, a school that trains assassins, and early on she meets Tric, another wannabe assassin who I found to be a bit of the strong silent type, although someone who is Mia’s match in word play. They worked really well together and while there were not a lot of sweet, tender moments……. there was plenty of hot, sexy times!
Other things that I loved about this book:
– all of the characters. There wasn’t a character I didn’t like and it was so much fun finding out what each of them were up to – Jessamine, Ash, Hush, Naev.
– the footnotes. There were plenty of footnotes throughout the story which I loved…sometimes I would skip them and go back when I got to the end of the chapter, and other times I read them straight away. They added detail, as well as fun to the story
– Did I mention I loved Mr Kindly. I have started looking in the shadows when I am alone to see if there is any chance there could be a Mr Kindly waiting patiently for me.
– The language. I really enjoyed the language, not only the swear words (there were lots!) but just the way that the characters talked, there was more than once that I was laughing and imagining myself walking through the corridors of The Red Church along with the other acolytes and practising my assassin skills.
I love this book so much that I have bought an Australian edition, but also a US version and a UK version, just because I realised that I really, really needed to have the different covers and the sprayed edges version.

Never Flinch.
Never Fear.
Never Forget.

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When We CollidedWhen We Collided by Emery Lord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a four and half star read for me. I really, really liked it and it was so easy to read. I connected with the characters, Jonah and Vivi were both stars in this book, no matter how much they sometimes drove me crazy. The alternating chapters gave a good insight into the different aspects of the story.
I don’t want to give anything away but I found this story and the portrayal of the characters authentic and very real, which I think is one reason I was slightly frustrated, because this was just an example of a true story and what different experiences people go through. I really liked there were characters who understood that it is ok to be sad and to feel things and we don’t always have to be happy.
There were many passages that were written flawlessly and expressed the feelings and situations in such a beautiful way. Overall, A great 4 1/2 star read.

“I know I act like I don’t have a care in the world…. but Jonah, I’ve prowled the dirtiest back alleys of sadness, okay? And I know what it’s like to fight for your life on those mean streets. So if you need someone to vent to or someone to be quiet with or someone to talk you ear off, I can be that person. I’m not scared of the dark places.” pg. 89

‘Even the constellations can see us now: we are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know.’ pg. 185

“I’ve always loved The Wizard of Oz, you know? Every girl wants to be Dorothy Gale or maybe Glinda. I never wanted to be the tornado.” pg. 317

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The Foretelling of Georgie Spider (The Tribe, #3)The Foretelling of Georgie Spider by Ambelin Kwaymullina
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great end to this amazing series. This series has made such an important and positive impact on my life and my feeling of connection with the world around me. The characters are strong and brave and the story is heartbreaking and gut-wrenching while also being full of inspiration and hope. Ashala is a girl, a teenage girl but she is also everything. She holds this story together, connecting all of the pieces until everything is interwoven. She is the rock that holds Ember and Georgie together, who each are important in their own right, with their own stories and their own connections and Ashala is the strength of what people, and the earth can be. I cried a few times during this last story, grieving for people, animals and the land and the evil that was in full force reminded me so much of our current world, but I still finished with a sense of hopefulness.

“…this man. There were thousands like him, in my time. People who could wrap foul deeds in righteous words. Men and women who made it acceptable for others to give voice to their hate and their petty desire to hurt or humiliate or exclude.” pg. 413

“…..global interconnection of those who choose compassion over intolerance, courage over fear, and love over hate. Perhaps this could be the real world.” Author note

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Blood Queen (Lharmell, #3)Blood Queen by Rhiannon Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An awesome ending to an awesome series! It has been so long since I read book two, I was a little bit worried that I wouldn’t remember what was going on but it didn’t take long for everything to come rushing back. Zeraphina is a great character, she is like a typical 17/18 year old – bratty, rude, no patience….. but she is also brave and proud and will do anything to protect her family and friends. I loved the twist in the middle of the book, which I did not see coming at all, and the story flowed so well right through to the ending. Zeraphina’s sister, Lilith played a substantial supporting role in the last half of the book along with her husband Amis, but the standout supporting role was Rodden who works in mysterious ways and easily got under my skin.
This is a series that I love and now that I have finished it I feel a bit lost – which is always a good sign!

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Into the Dim (Into the Dim, #1)Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was definitely in the mood for this book! As soon as I started reading it I was drawn into the world and I can still visualise the Scottish landscape with Hope riding her horse and then running into Bran who, from the moment he appeared, I knew was going to play a large role in the story. The characters were all so believable and so was the story, I can totally believe that people can time travel like they do in the story.
I don’t know if the history side of things was accurate but this did not affect how much I enjoyed the story. There was adventure and intrigue, battles with swords and castles with royalty and of course, a lovely amount of swoon aka Bran with his sleepy eyes and lazy smile.
The ending leaves it wide open for book two and I will have no hesitation in picking it up and being transported back into the time-travelling, Tesla coils, Scottish filled world.
Thanks to HMH via Netgalley for this ARC.

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Because You'll Never Meet MeBecause You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love books that are written as letters, I love books about friendship, I love books that are a bit quirky and lead me into the unknown, and this book ticked all of those boxes.
When I read the blurb I couldn’t even imagine a story with one boy who is allergic to electricity, who is pen pals with another boy who not only has a pacemaker but also has no eyes, but the story was very easy to read and the characters were real and I believed every thing that happened. Watching their friendship grow through their letters was heartwarming and at times a little heart breaking. There was a small mystery that, when partly solved at the end was satisfying but I didn’t get a ‘OMG, WTF’ feeling. I finished the book feeling hopeful and even happy, keen to follow both boys to see what they get up to next.
Not at all what I was expecting when I started, but by the end, I firmly believe that anyone can be a superhero!

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This Raging LightThis Raging Light by Estelle Laure
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a good read, although it wasn’t quite as heart-capturing as I was hoping it would be. There was a lot going on throughout the story and I felt that I didn’t quite get enough from some parts of the story. I connected with the main character Lucille, and could feel the love between her and her younger sister Wren, after their father cut himself off from the family and then their mother disappeared. I also enjoyed the relationships Lucille had with her best friend and her best friends brother – who she ended up realising she was in love with. While I felt that the story was a bit choppy, I can also understand that this fits in with the live that Lucille was living.
The ending came very quickly and I did wonder if the last few pages of my book were missing.
Overall, a good read with characters that were authentic and likeable.
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

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