fantasy · Magic · suspense · Young adult

Throne of Glass – Sarah. J Maas. ★★★★

Blurb; After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My Review; I have been meaning to read this series since forever and I finally read the first book and loved it! I already cannot wait to continue with this series and see what lies ahead. I’ve always been interested in Assassins so this was perfect! There is a lot going on within this book and I want to say a little bit of a romantic story too in parts.

Celaena is one strong, determined and a clever young woman. She has to win her freedom back through a tournament against others and she will not let anyone stop her from winning. She wants that freedom. Parts towards the end are tense and edgy making me want to scream at Celaena especially in the final duel against a cheat and bully named Cain.

The romantic parts are cute showing she may be an assassin but she still has a heart and shes still a human. We learn about her past which is heartbreaking. Noone knows Celaena is an assassin she is under cover but soon people discover who she really is and she discovers friendships that she never thought she would have.

I just loved it all. It was nice to be in her world and not mine. It was brilliant. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. Made me forget about everything going on and just be there with Celaena. I can tell im in for a treat with this series.

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suspense · thriller · Young adult

Wilder Girls – Rory Power ★★★★

Blurb; It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

My Review; What were the chances that the first book I pick up to read in these different and difficult times currently is about quarantine… Hmm. Nevertheless, it was a brilliant read I just wish I would have read it at an easier time for the world and myself.

The story is told through two girls Byatt and Hetty, bestfriends. Currently on an island. In a school. Under quarantine. However, one of the girls decides to break quarantine putting themselves and the whole school at risk. Sound familiar right now? BUT… Things start to turn. It’s a fight for survival. Who is on whose side within this school? Who will make it out alive?

Loved the whole concept of it and the setting, the plot, the characters. Great read. Just a little too close to home for me at the moment. But would highly recommend to you all when we make it through this lock down. A well deserved four stars from me. I also love the cover! It’s different.

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suspense · thriller · Young adult

Are You Watching? Vincent Ralph ★★★★★

Blurb; Ten years ago, Jess’s mother was murdered by the Magpie Man.

She was the first of his victims but not the last.

Now Jess is the star of a YouTube reality series and she’s using it to catch the killer once and for all.

The whole world is watching her every move.

And so is the Magpie Man.

My Review; I was kindly given a copy of this by a fellow blogger and I absolutely loved it. It was an easy, fast paced read. Short chapters. Brilliant debute which had me hooked. Perfect for YA and thriller readers. Brilliantly written. I won’t be able to forget this one.

The story follows Jess who is determined to catch her mothers killer and stop more deaths from happening. But how far is too far? Will she make it? With the help of an online streaming programme she is part of she could reach out to millions. It’s tense, edge of your seat reading. Parts are terrifying for what she has to face and put up with. But will she push the killer too far? Taunting him…

No matter who I suspected the magpie man (killer) to be I just didn’t get it right at all.. Shocking outcome. The ending just hots up and had me holding my breathe throughout. Heart pounding. Jess is a very determined and brave girl. But will she get the ending she wants?

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. I think this will end up in my top twenty reads of the year too. It was so good. Really enjoyed it. I cannot recommend this book enough. I read it all in one day.

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