fantasy · suspense · Young adult

School’s Out Forever – James Patterson ★★★★

Blurb; In this eagerly awaited follow-up, brave bird-kid Max and her flock are discovered by an FBI agent and forced to go to “school.” There is no such thing as an ordinary day as Max deciphers how and when she’s supposed to save the world, and she faces her greatest enemy–a clone of herself.

My Review; Book two in the brilliant Maximum Ride series. I am still invested and absolutely loving this series. YA/Fantasy. I find them such easy reads. I love them. I enjoy them. I get so lost into their world and lives. It’s just such a different read for me at the moment.

In this story we see plenty more fights against flying enemies this time, so they’ve upped their game since book one. Plenty of escapes, death dodges and uncomfortable positions. Its tense and fast paced. The flock in book two are determined to find their birth families but are soon sent back to normal school or so they thought… dun dun dun.. Another cliffhanger so I cannot wait to see what happens for the flock in book three. They’re all such a lovely flock/family. I would highly recommend this series and book. A well deserved four stars from me again.

Max is still very much the leader/mother of the flock and she is brilliant when she comes up against a perfect enemy clone of herself but will the flock believe her?

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fantasy · War · Young adult

Lightbringer – Claire Legrand ★★★★

Blurb; In this epic finale to the Empirium Trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claire Legrand, two queens, separated by a thousand years must face their ultimate destinies.

Queen Rielle, pushed away from everything she loves, turns to Corien and his promises of glory. Meanwhile, whispers from the empirium slowly drive her mad, urging her to open the Gate. Separated from Audric and Ludivine, she embraces the role of Blood Queen and her place by Corien’s side, determined to become the monster the world believes her to be.

In the future, Eliana arrives in the Empire’s capital as a broken shell of herself. Betrayed and abandoned, she fights to keep her power at bay—and away from Corien, who will stop at nothing to travel back in time to Rielle, even if that means destroying her daughter.

But when the mysterious Prophet reveals themselves at last, everything changes, giving Rielle and Eliana a second chance for salvation—or the destruction their world has been dreading.

My Review; The final book of The Empirium trilogy. Now its been a while since I finished book two so I won’t lie it took me a while to remember the ending of book two, familiarise myself with the characters etc. But after that I was back in and hooked. This was a buddy read with Jacqueline from Pufflekitteh.

The story is told through each of the characters and there is plenty going on to keep the reader hooked. Brilliantly written, I was lost in this fantasy world for a while and I loved it. I really felt for Audric though he just wanted Rielle back from the start and I felt that.

A brilliant ending to the trilogy with a huge, explosive war towards the end. Queen vs Queen. Which side will Rielle choose? It’s all down to her. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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fantasy · Young adult

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment – James Patterson ★★★★★

Blurb; Six unforgettable kids — with no families, no homes — are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that’s just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don’t know where they come from, who’s hunting them, why they are different from all other humans… and if they’re meant to save mankind — or destroy it.

My Review; Book one of the maximum ride series. After reading book 10 I was already familiar with the characters however in this book they are extremely young with the youngest being 6 and the eldest Max being 14. A huge difference from book 10.

It was a great start to this series that explains how they came about, came together as a family/flock and escaped. This story is mostly about them surviving and searching for answers as to where they came from and about their parents. Even in book one you can see Max is the lead character of the flock, the mother. I love her for it. But she faces a lot of fights and challenges ahead of her against the erasers (their enemy).

Absolutely loved it all fell in love with Angels character the youngest member of the flock at 6 years old. I just love the whole flock & how they stick together and always have a plan regardless of no home. No biological family. Sometimes it hard but they have each other.

Another brilliant 5 star read. Highly recommend. Perfect YA, fantasy read. I’m on to book 2 now. Love this series.

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