Emotional · Young adult

Extraordinary Means – Robyn Schneider ★★★★

Blurb; When he’s sent to Latham House, a boarding school for sick teens, Lane thinks his life may as well be over.
But when he meets Sadie and her friends – a group of eccentric troublemakers – he realises that maybe getting sick is just the beginning. That illness doesn’t have to define you, and that falling in love is its own cure.

My Review; This cover stood out to me and a friend was dying to read it so I had to sneak this one into my June reads. It’s supposed to be a sadish story but I didn’t cry!

The story focuses on teens in quarantine at Latham house all with tuberculosis. There’s some losses along the way which hit hard. But a goodish ending. For me the story was about the teens enjoying the best of a bad situation. There is a bit of a romance within the story too. A story that makes you realise life is too short. Enjoy it. An eye opening read. I gave it four stars and would highly recommend. Perfect emotional, young adult story. Takes a lot for me too cry over a book.

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mystery · suspense · thriller · Young adult

Ten – Gretchen McNeil ★★★★

Blurb; It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.

With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

My Review; This one caught my eye over on Amazon and now I’ve ended up with most of the authors other books. Can’t beat finding a new author. The simple cover and the short blurb on the front caught my eye. This was brilliantly written a spooky, dark, deadly, twisted, clever and haunting young adult story.

I bloody loved it! I was dragged in. 10 teens on a remote island for a weekend full of parties where noone knows where they are… That was their first mistake noone knew they were there. The second mistake? Ever believing they were there for parties and fun. Straight from the first night wierd things and situations start to happen and from then you’re trapped. 10 soon becomes 9… 9 soon becomes 8… All while a massive storm is happening around them.

Who is doing this? Who is next? Will any of them survive? Seriously gripping, thrilling, tense an edge of your seat read. I don’t want to say much more about the story itself but its very clever, cunning and all planned down to a T. Crafty. The outcome I never saw…

Do you want to know what happened that weekend? Reckon you would survive? Reckon you will figure it out? Dive in and find out… I really enjoyed it. A well deserved four stars from me. I cannot wait to read the rest of thid authors books now if they’re as good as this. Highly recommend.

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fantasy · Magic · Young adult

Shadows of Winterspell – Amy Wilson ★★★★

Blurb; Stella has been living behind the magic of the forest for most of her life. Lonely, she enrolls at the local school, and as she begins to make friends, she discovers that she is even more different than she thought. But as autumn turns to magical winter, Stella realizes that uncovering her own family secret is the only way to release the forest from the grip of a dark and old magic.

My Review; I was drawn to this by the beautiful cover and ended up buying them all in the end. Another YA story full of magic, fairies, fai, ghosts and imps. An adventure. I absolutely loved it. Another easy read that could easily be read in one setting, a lovely ending.

Stella lives with her ghost nan, an imp and her cat but she wants a ‘normal’ life. She gets herself enrolled in the local school, makes friends and is enjoying life. Until she realises she is part of an old story/myth. One that still needs sorting/fixing and that is exactly what she is going to do. She is one brave, strong and adventurous girl but it won’t be as easy as she thinks.

A brilliant story. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I cant wait to read all this authors other stories. I love finding new authors.

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