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Teen Book Review – Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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I was originally going to review another book this month but then I remembered that I needed to return this book soon due to others having holds on it. Therefore, I’m writing this review now before I lose the book and can no longer skim through for the details. So, this month I read Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare; aka Book 3 of the Dark Artifices, a spinoff from the Mortal Instruments or better known as the Shadowhunters series.

To start off… This book is ENORMOUS. I couldn’t bring it to school in fear of having my shoulders fully dented by the sheer weight of this thing… I’d say the only other book I’ve read of this size would be Kingdom of Ash, from the Throne of Glass series. I cannot reveal too much of the plot since this is still a pretty recent release but I can say the Emma and Julian (the two main characters) have a lot to deal with in this book and there are actually numerous side plotlines happening throughout which revolve around the Blackthorn siblings as well as the Seelie and Unseelie faerie courts. A few new characters are introduced although not many deaths of old ones. I think I’ll stop here and give a rating: 4/5 stars. Not a perfect rating…BUT I have absolutely nothing against the plotline or characters or even the writing. I just feel as if everything was wrapped up a bit too perfectly to be realistic/believable for me. Other than that, I highly reccommend it :))

Teen Book Review – Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Image result for scythe the bookScythe by Neal Shusterman is actually the book prize I won from the 2018 Summer Reading Club so naturally I was pretty hyped. I really like the dystopian genre, hence half of my other reviews and I mean, just LOOK at the cover 🙂 !!!! However, I had recently read The Hate You Give (which was another one of the Richmond teen picks) and sadly, I was pretty disappointed by it. Happily though, Scythe turned out even better than I expected. For those of you who don’t know already, Scythe takes place in a world where everything is perfect, nothing poses a threat to you, as you CANNOT die. However, since population growth still needs to be controlled, there are highly trained individuals around the world whose jobs are to “glean” (basically controlling the population by killing). They are scythes. Their job is to select victims randomly and glean a certain number per duration of time. They are held to the highest moral fibre of their being, meaning they need to rise above the seven deadly sins of humanity and glean with honour, justice and equality. Because after all, the first requirement to becoming a scythe is to not wish it. However, not everyone is as honorable as they claim, you might even find that a few, quite enjoy what they do. (round of applause for that rhyme there, thank you) I’m not gonna say anything else because if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it is spoilers…But I leave you with this last comment: This book is amazing, it is very well written and it’ll do you good to give it a try. 5/5 stars for the win! Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go read the sequel, and remember, “thou shalt kill”.

Teen SRC 2018 – City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

Image result for city of a thousand dollsNisha was abandoned at the entrance to the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphaned girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and (if the rumors are true) assassins at different Houses. Nisha becomes the Matron’s assistant, with her only companions being the mysterious cats that follow her in her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with a handsome young courier does she let herself imagine about a life outside the city walls. That was, until the girls around her start to die one by one.

Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to investigate the secrets behind the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, she jeopardizes not only her future, but her own life.

This book was… well… entertaining to read. Unfortunately, I don’t think the second book in this series is centered around Nisha, so I lost the interest and motivation to pick that one up. However, if you are interested, the second book is called Empire of Shadows.

 

Teen SRC 2018 – RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

This book is a brilliant retelling of the Related image
classic Phantom of the Opera book by Leroux. Rune Germain, a seventeen year old teenager with a mysterious affliction contributing to her operatic talent, was sent off to a French arts conservatory for her senior year by her mother, in hopes that creative direction will help her. This opera-themed school is located in an opera house with ties to the phantom of the opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune befriends Thorn, a mysterious and elusive violinist, who guides her through not only guides her musical transformation through dreams seeminglu more real than reality itself, but also knows about who she is behind her masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and experience a blossoming romance connecting them through the soul, Thorn must choose to lead Rune to her doom, or face the wrath of the phantom that has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’d ever known.

I loved A.G. Howard’s Splintered series, which is a modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a twist. As expected, this series doesn’t disappoint. Both of them are so amazing!!!!!

 

Teen SRC 2018 – Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Image result for scarlet a c gaughenWill Scarlet is good at two things: stealing from the rich and keeping secret, skills in high demand in Robin Hood’s merry band of thieves who protect the people of Nottingham from the evil and greedy sheriff. Scarlet’s biggest secret of all is one that only Robin and his men know… Scarlet, the slip of a boy who is fast with knives, is actually a girl posing as a thief.

The terrible events that took place in Scarlet’s past that led to her hiding her true identity are and verge of being exposed when the thief taker Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to get rid of Hood and his men once and for all. As Gisbourne puts innocent people at risk, Scarlet must decide how much the people of Nottingham mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin Hood, whose quick smiles manage to always unsettle her.

 

Teen SRC 2018 – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

UImage result for an ember in the ashesnder the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of everything else they hold dear. Laia and her family have managed to live an existence in the Empire’s impoverished back streets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ ve seen what happens to those who do. But, when Laia’s brother gets arrested for treason, she seeks an exchange with the rebels, who promise to rescue her brother if she risks her life and spy for them in the Empire’s biggest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier, and perhaps secretly the most unwilling. Elias wants nothing more than to be free from the tyranny he is forced to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their fates are entertwined, and that their choices can change the fate of the Empire itself.

Brilliant book!! First time I’ve appreciated romance in a fantasy book! I 100 percent support this couple!

 

Teen SRC 2018 – Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Image result for shatter meJuliette’s touch is deadly. Ever since she accidentally killed someone with her touch, The Reestablishment has kept her locked up in a cell, trying to “fix” her. But, the world is dying too quickly for anyone to care about a seventeen year old. Food is becoming scarce, diseases are destroying the population, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. However, when a rumor of war spreads from among the survivors, The Reestablishment changes their decision. Maybe Juliette is exactly what they need right now. So, they offer her a choice. Choose to become a weapon… or a warrior.

This series is for anyone with an interest in any one of the tags I’ve listed. For lovers of post-apocalyptic novels, this seiries is especially great!

 

 

Teen SRC 2018 – Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

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How can you save the world when you are literally your worst enemy?

Lily Proctor’s life threatening allergies provent her from enjoying many things normal teenagers take for granted. After getting permission to attend her first, and possibly last, highschool party, Lily just wants to enjoy herself. But, her life never goes according to plan, and she ends up humiliating herself in front of half her graduating class.

Suddenly summoned to a parallel world, Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences. She quickly realizes that what makes her weak in her home world is what makes her extraordinary here. In this world ruled over by powerful women called Crucibles, Lily must stop the worst and cruellest of them all: Lillian. But the problem is, Lillian is the one who summoned her to this world… and is also Lily’s identical other self.

Teen SRC 2018 – The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

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Great news, everyone!!! Our favorite author of the amazingly witty Artemis Fowl series is back again, this time with a teen novel!!! I just found out about it not long ago, and I was so excited to read more of Eoin Colfer’s work. This series is honestly so good that I wasn’t satisfied with only three books in the series.

It’s about a boy named Riley from the Victorian era, who somehow gets transported to modern day society. There, he meets the young FBI agent Chevie Savano, and together they try to stop Albert Garrick, the assassin-for-hire who has followed Riley from his own time, from returning to his own time with knowledge about modern society.

 

Teen SRC 2018 – Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Seventeen year old Aria has lived in the enclosed city of Reverie all her life. After failing to hear from her scientist mother, she tries to get information on her whereabouts, but that ends badly, resulting in her exile to the outer wasteland, known as the Death Shop. Aria knows that her chances of survival are slim, between the cannibals and the electrified energy storms. She’s been that even the very air she breathes will kill her. Then, she meets an outsider named Perry. Though he is wild and a savage, he is her only hope of staying alive.

I liked how the author didn’t waste much time explaining all the technical terms used, and jumped straight into the story instead. This is something I really appreciate, as I have a short attention span, and explanations bore me, as well as flashbacks and useless backstory.