THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS BY MARY E. PEARSON | Spoiler Free Review

25944798Title: The Beauty of Darkness
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series or Standalone: The Remnant Chronicles #3
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: August 2nd 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Shelves
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
When the Beauty of Darkness arrived on my doorstep, I – like a lot of other fans of the series – was a little shocked at the sheer size of it. It was a kind of happy surprise, because after reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, I’ve been less intimidated by YA Fantasy books over 500+ pages. More over, The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal were both roughly five star reads for me.
Consequently, I was confident Pearson would deliver an amazingly epic finale that was on par with her previous work. Instead, The Beauty of Darkness felt extremely longwinded, and quite frankly left me feeling (surprisingly) a little disappointed. (But hey, you can’t please everyone!)

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SCARLET BY A.C. GAUGHEN | Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Scarlet
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Series or Standalone: Scarlet #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Retelling, Historical and Romance
Publication Date: February 2012
Publisher: Walker Children’s
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★☆☆☆

 

To be honest, I think two stars is generous for Scarlet, because I honestly could’ve died of boredom reading it.

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BOOKS & COMICS HITTING THE BIG SCREEN IN 2018 | Part II

As April is upon us, it’s time to share the next installment in this series of book to movie adaptations being released in the second quarter of 2018! These releases at first seemed a little lacklustre compared with Part One, as there aren’t a lot of mainstream blockbusters adapted from books releasing this quarter. However upon closer look, these smaller films have a lot of intrigue to them despite the lack of marketing they receive down under.

I’ve denoted all the films I personally want to see with a an asterisk (*), please let me know if there are any films you’re interested in or definitely won’t be seeing either in cinemas or from your couch. 😜 Perhaps you’ve read some of the source material too!

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DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES BY SEANAN McGUIRE | Spoiler Free Review

31450908Title: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series or Standalone: Wayward Children #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Horror, LGBT
Publication Date: June 13th 2017
Publisher: Tor
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Down Among the Sticks and Bones is the untold story of twins Jack and Jill, who readers were introduced to in Every Heart a Doorway. It’s a short, yet intricate exploration of the twins lives in the Moors, their horror-full magical land, accompanied by wonderful feminist undertones. Continue reading “DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES BY SEANAN McGUIRE | Spoiler Free Review”

FOUR WEEKS, FIVE PEOPLE BY JENNIER YU | Spoiler Free Review

34739726Title: Four Weeks, Five People
Author: Jennifer Yu
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary and Mental Health
Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
3 1/2 stars.

Four Weeks, Five People follows five teens – Stella, Clarissa, Andrew, Ben and Mason – who are sent to Camp Ugunduzi, a therapeutic wilderness program that helps adolescents with mental illnesses.

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FICTIONAL JOBS I’D WANT TO HAVE

This weeks T5W topic is one from the archives, and also one that reflects my love for animals! I can only wish that I’d be at least half as qualified for any of these ‘jobs’ on some parallel universe.

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BAD BOY BY ELLIOT WAKE | Spoiler Free Review

23430487Title: Bad Boy
Author: Elliot Wake
Series or Standalone: Standalone/Companion Novel
Genre: New Adult LGBT Romance
Publication Date: December 6th 2016
Publisher: Atria
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

‘You’re so lovely, I thought, when you’re lying to my face.’

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LADY MIDNIGHT BY CASSANDRA CLARE | Spoiler Free Review

25494343Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series or Standalone: The Dark Artifices #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: 8th of March 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★★

 

 

‘I heard about you. Everyone said you would be the next Jace Herondale. The next great Shadowhunter warrior.’

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ANNIHILATION BY JEFF VANDERMEER | Spoiler Free Review

25970139Title: Annihilation
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Series or Standalone: Southern Reach #1
Genre: Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Publication Date: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Fourth Estate (HarperCollins)
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆

“The beauty of it cannot be understood, either, and when you see beauty in desolation it changes something inside you. Desolation tries to colonize you.”

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EVERY HEART A DOORWAY BY SEANAN McGUIRE | Spoiler Free Review

25526296Title: Every Heart a Doory
Author: Seanan McGuire (Also writes as Mira Grant)
Series or Standalone: Wayward Children #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, LGBT+
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Tor
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
I’m glad I stayed away from this series for as long as I could, because this reading experience ended up being a wonderfully weird surprise that I devoured rapidly.

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