Review: Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer (SPOILERS)

36678064Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer
Series: The Twilight Saga, book 1.75
Genre: Paranormal
Published by: Atom
Pages: 380
Format: Hardback
Release date: 6/10/15
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: There are two sides to every story…. You know Bella and Edward, now get to know Beau and Edythe. When Beaufort Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edythe Cullen, his life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With her porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edythe is both irresistible and enigmatic. What Beau doesn’t realize is the closer he gets to her, the more he is putting himself and those around him at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back…. With a foreword and afterword by Stephenie Meyer, this compelling reimagining of the iconic love story is a must-read for Twilight fans everywhere.

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Review: Sunflowers In February by Phyllida Shrimpton

Sunflowers in FebruarySunflowers In February by Phyllida Shrimpton
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Hot Key Books
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Release date: 8/2/18
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. and very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance arrive, and she sees her own body, that she realises that she is in fact… dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and see her family – her parents and her twin brother start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a deathtime opportunity – to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time…

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Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

ArtemisArtemis by Andy Weir
Genre: Sci-Fi
Published by: Del Rey
Pages: 309
Format: Hardback
Release date: 14/11/17
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz’s problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself – and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.

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Review: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Zenith (The Androma Saga, #1)Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
Series: The Androma Saga, book 1
Genre: Sci-Fi
Published by: HQ Young Adult
Pages: 511
Format: Paperback ARC
Release date: 11/1/18
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted

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Review: Charlie and Me: 421 Miles From Home by Mark Lowery

Charlie and Me: 421 Miles From HomeCharlie and Me: 421 Miles From Home by Mark Lowery
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Piccadilly Press
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Release date: 11/1/18
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Thirteen-year-old Martin and his younger brother Charlie are on a very special journey. They’re going to be travelling 421 miles all the way from Preston to the very tip of Cornwall. By train, bus and taxi, they are determined to get there in the end; and they’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the dolphin that regularly visits the harbour there. But is that the only reason they are going?

It’s a journey that’s full of challenges and surprises. Martin adores his brother Charlie but he’s not like ordinary kids. He’s one in a million. He was born far too early, and ought to have died. And cheeky, irrepressible, utterly unique Charlie is always keeping Martin on his toes – especially on this crazy trip they are now on. Martin is doing his best to be a good big brother, but it’s hard when there’s something so huge coming once they get to Cornwall …

An unforgettable novel that is by turns funny and heartbreaking.

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Review: The Unpredictability of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen

The Unpredictability of Being HumanThe Unpredictability of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Usborne
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback ARC
Release date: 28/12/17
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Meet Malin, a fifteen-year-old who sees the world differently. Malin knows she couldn’t change much about her life, even if she got to play God. Her dad would still yell all the time – especially as Malin is still friends with Hanna, the girl she met shoplifting. Her mum would still say a glass of wine is good for her heart – and Mum needs it, with Malin’s brother, Sigve, getting into trouble all the time. And Malin would still be Malin. Because she can’t be anybody else.

In a voice bursting with immediacy and truth, Malin shares the absurdities of growing up and fitting in as her family struggles with the buried pain of mistakes made and secrets kept.

Profound, compassionate and as funny as it is dark, Malin’s story is an offbeat examination and celebration of the brutal, bizarre and beautiful unpredictability of being human.

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Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

33336580Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, book 2
Genre: Fantasy
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 699
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

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