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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Bestsellers · suspense · thriller

Three Hours – Rosamund Lupton ★★★★

Blurb; Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.

It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.

It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.

It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for.

In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption.

My Review; This was one off my library pile, highly recommended by fellow readers and my first buddy read of the year with Mel from Melanie’s reads (link to her blog below the review). What a book! It’s a hard one to review…

It is about a school shooting and for a change it’s not in the US, it’s in the UK! Putting myself into those childrens and teachers shoes was terrifying. The stuff of nightmares. Petrifying. Especially for Basi and Rafi. My heart broke over it all. Some people can be so cruel, twisted and sick.

This book had me gasping for breathe. My heart was pounding. I was scared for the characters, sat on the edge of my seat. Tense. Gripping. Thrilling. It’s one of those books that you’re so into you could hear a pin drop. You’re their with the characters every step. You just want to scream at the gunmen and tell the characters what to do.

Three hours makes you realise just how powerful time is. Whether it’s three hours. An hour. Or even 10 minutes. A lot can change your life in that time. It also gave the message that love prevails all and I totally agree with that. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

As a buddy read why don’t you pop over to Mels blog and see her thoughts on Three Hours?

Melanies reads blog. ❤

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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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