Author: Amanda Hocking
Publication: May 5th 2015 by St. Martin’s Press
Source: Purchased: Paperback (309 pages)
Summary: In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…
Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.
The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.
As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves
Author: Susan Ee
Publication: August 28th 2012 by Skyscape
Source: Purchased: Kindle Edition
Summary: It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
Author: A.G Howard
Genre: Fantasy | Retelling | YA
Series: Splintered Series #1
Publisher: Abram Books
Publication Date: 1 January 2013
Hardcover: 384 pages
Synopsis: Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: Fantasy | Mythology | Adventure | YA
Page Length: 333
Publisher & Published Date: 13 September 2013 by Tor Teen
Synopsis: Old Gods never die…
Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.
Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.
These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.
Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.
Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.
The Goddess War is about to begin.
Review: Araminta by Lavender Brooke
Series: Gilgandra #1
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Page Length: 414
Published on: 23 December 2014
Synopsis: In disgrace for what she sees as a minor transgression, Araminta, the spirited Princess of Dilkara, is being sent on a Merit Quest. And all to prove herself worthy of marriage to Prince Aurik of Kriegvald, a man who she has never met and whose very name she loathes. Furious and humiliated, Araminta sets out on a perilous journey. In an adventure which will test her spirit and cunning to the limit, she must face ogres, Aelves, goblins and even a dragon to collect the Quest Trove before her time runs out. Against enormous odds – and despite the interference of the irritating Ryder, soldier of Kriegvald – Princess Araminta must show she is not only the equal of any Prince but also a fitting ruler of the Kingdom of Dilkara.
Book review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Genre: Dystopian, YA
Page length: 338
Published on: 15 November 2011
I have a curse. I have a gift.
I’m a monster. I’m more than human.
My touch is lethal. My touch is power.
I am their weapon. I will fight back.
No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.
Review: Chasing Red by Isabella Ronin
Series: Bad Boy In Love #1
Genre: NA Romance
Page length: (book is not yet completed as of 18/7/2015)
Published on: 20 June 2014
Synopsis: She was fire and I wanted her to burn me. Like a moth to a flame, I could not resist. She was broken. A puzzle that was missing a few pieces. Maybe I’d carve my own pieces to complete her. They said she was going to be my ruin. …then let her ruin me