Saturday, 22 April 2017

Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida CórdovaLabyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (proof) - Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can't trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland...
From Goodreads.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak (bought) - HERE IS A SMALL FACT:
YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with her foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

SOME MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.

It's a small story, about:
a girl
an accordionist
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW:
DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.
From Goodreads.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Review: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Thicker Than Water by Brigid KemmererNetGalleyThicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer (eProof) - Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. An old acquaintance was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple of answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…
From Goodreads.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

TV Show Review: 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why13 Reasons Why - Hannah Baker's suicide shocked her family and friends. Now the dark secrets that killed her are coming to light.

As the school mourns the death of Hannah Baker, her friend Clay receives a box of tapes with messages she recorded before she committed suicide.
From Netflix.com

Trigger Warning: This TV series features scenes of rape and on screen suicide. This review also discusses the suicide in detail.

My review will contain minor spoilers. Do not read if you're yet to watch the TV show.

Review: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost by Brigid KemmererLetters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (Proof) - Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither of them knows that they're not actually strangers. When real life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. This emotional, compulsively-readable romance will sweep everyone off their feet.
From Goodreads.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Review: Lips Touch by Laini Taylor

Lips Touch by Laini TaylorLips Touch by Laini Taylor, illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo (bought) - Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers' souls:

Goblin Fruit
In Victorian times, goblin men had only to offer young girls sumptuous fruits to tempt them to sell their souls. But what does it take to tempt today's savvy girls?

Spicy Little Curses Such as These
A demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test her curse.

Hatchling
Six days before Esme's fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?
From Goodreads.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Review: The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas

The State of Grace by Rachael LucasNetGalleyThe State of Grace by Rachael Lucas (eProof) - Sometimes I feel like everyone else was handed a copy of the rules for life and mine got lost.

Grace has Asperger's and her own way of looking at the world. She's got a horse and a best friend who understand her, and that's pretty much all she needs. But when Grace kisses Gabe and things start to change at home, the world doesn't make much sense to her any more.

Suddenly everything threatens to fall apart, and it's up to Grace to fix it on her own.

Whip-smart, hilarious and unapologetically honest, The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas is a heart-warming story of one girl trying to work out where she fits in, and whether she even wants to.
From Goodreads.

Disclaimer: I do not have Asperger's syndrome, and so cannot comment on how well represented people with Asperger's are in this book. However, it is #OwnVoices.