Sadie by Courtney Summers | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: September 4th, 2018

Dates Read: September 4th, 2018 – September 5th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: child abuse, mentions of drug addiction, underage drinking, sexual assault, rape, addiction shaming, PTSD, violence, child abduction, child death

Pages: 311

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: young adult, contemporary, mystery 

Goodreads blurb:

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

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Archenemies by Marissa Meyer | Review

Thank you so much to Penguin Australia for sending me a copy of Archenemies by Marissa Meyer in exchange for an honest review. Receiving a copy in no way impacted my thoughts and feelings for this book. 

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: November 14th, 2018

Dates Read: November 8th, 2018 to November 10th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: violence, manipulation, mentions of dead parents, mentions of murder, mention of drug overdose, torture,

Pages: 560

Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia

Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance

Goodreads blurb:

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other’s worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.

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RENEGADES | REVIEW

I love Marissa Meyer. All her books – with the exception of Heartless – have been an absolute hit for me. The Renegades series has proven no different to this. I fell in love with the first book, flew through it so damn quick and was so happy to have received a review copy. Renegades was one of my favourite books of 2017 and I was highly anticipating Archenemies. I am so glad to say that Archenemies was so worth the hype and lived up to my own personal hype. I was stressed that my hype may ruin it.

The whole superhero plot line isn’t utilised enough. There are so many stories to be told within this kind of setting and Marissa Meyer is utilising that. Her characters jump off the page. This super hero story focuses on the ideas of good and bad, what makes something bad and good? Can people who are labelled good still do bad things? Additionally, should people have the powers that they possess? Where do the lines become drawn? It is such a debate of the moral grounds throughout this book that is subtly woven in. It is such an interesting approach to take and makes it so much more interesting to read. Which is incredibly important considering this is a large book. If it was boring I think I would have gone partially wild.

Archenemies follows both Nova and Adrian again, I did feel that there was more of a focus on Nova throughout this book so if you enjoyed her in Renegades you’ll be even more excited for this one. Nova and Adrian are still harbouring their secrets which could destroy their entire worlds. The secrets are both their protection and what drives this story forward. It can be a tad annoying in places, due to the fact that it can all be dwindled down to miscommunication. However, this story had a strong thread of romance. Renegades was lacking in the romance, which I think did make it so good. However, this book really started to interweave Nova and Adrian together romantically.

Nova was also so damn relatable in terms of her feelings which she shouldn’t have. Trying to work out her romantic feelings for Adrian (are they real or just part of her plan?) and her love for her family. As well as Adrian dealing with his secrets while also was being oblivious to Nova’s blatant flirting.

Archenemies also had an amazing amount of backstory. We got to know characters like Honey, what made her into the villain? How did she get her superpowers? I truly hope there is more of it in the third book because I thrive on backstories.

I think one of my favourite things about Archenemies was getting to see more of Max and having him as a central part of the plot. I am sure that everything we learnt in this book will come back in to play in the third book. Max was truly a beacon of light in this book – which is what I always find children to be in books like this. I found him such a damn sweetheart and for some reason I have no idea how old he actually is?

Marissa Meyer has a talent for action scenes and that is highlighted in Archenemies from the opening scene. I am not someone who typically enjoys fight scenes, my eyes tend to glaze over and my brain dies. However, Archenemies did it so damn marvellously that I was anxiously on the edge of my seat to see what would come next.

The dynamics within this book are incredibly beautiful as well. The whole basis is family. Whether that be for the archenemies or heroes. Each group has developed a family and it warmed my heart. Each family is also morally grey which was incredibly well done because damn, accurate. The story really didn’t have to go that hard but it did. I am incredibly impressed.

There is so much to say about Archenemies but I am struggling to put most of it in to words due to the fact this is a sequel. I mean, how do I tell you about everything I want to if I don’t know if you’ve read the first one? Plus, I try to keep my reviews as spoiler free as possible.

Overall, Archenemies is yet another hit for Marissa Meyer. I am so glad that I was able to receive a review copy to read. The story has endless layers and is worth your time. I really hope this review convinces y’all to pick up this series if you haven’t, especially since today is release day in Australia!

Have you read Renegades? Are you looking forward to Archenemies? Tell me in the comments!

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That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger | Review

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Release Date: August 28th, 2018

Dates Read: September 2nd 2018 to September 2nd 2018

Trigger Warnings: graphic descriptions of school shooter situation, mentions of drug-addicted parents (meth & heroin), mentions of alcohol abuse, PTSD, anxiety

Pages: 336

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Genre: young adult, contemporary, romance, LGBT+

Goodreads blurb:

It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah’s story–that she died proclaiming her faith.

But it’s not true.

I know because I was with her when she died. I didn’t say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah’s parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I’m not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did–and didn’t–happen that day.

Except Sarah’s martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don’t take kindly to what I’m trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what’s right. I don’t know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .

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The Rose Society by Marie Lu | Review

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: October 13th, 2015

Dates Read: August 29th 2018 to September 2nd 2018

Trigger Warnings: death, murder, death of a loved one, torture, abuse

Pages: 398

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre: young adult, fantasy, magic, romance

Goodreads blurb:

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

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This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada | Review

Thank you so much to Penguin Australia for sending me a completed copy of This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada in exchange for an honest review. Receiving a copy of This Cruel Design did in no way impact my feelings, thoughts or rating.

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: October 30th, 2018

Dates Read: November 2nd 2018 to November 5th 2018

Trigger Warnings: forced body manipulation, maiming, attempted murder, murder

Pages: 432

Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia

Genre: science fiction, dystopia, young adult, romance

Goodreads blurb:

The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over, but Cat’s fight has only just begun.

Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. But she’s failing—Cat can’t even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might to ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.

When news arrives that the Hydra virus might not be as dead as they’d thought, the group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia, a city of genehackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for.

But when confronted with lies and betrayals, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind.

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro | Review

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: March 1sts, 2016

Dates Read: August 23rd, 2018 to August 28th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: rape mentions, drugging of a victim, murder, frequent drug use and mentions, underage drinking mentions, mentions of gambling

Pages: 321

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: young adult, mystery, contemporary 

Goodreads blurb:

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

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Contemporary Books | Mini Reviews

I’m back with some mini reviews! I’ve written so many reviews lately that my brain has become kind of mush and I didn’t a break from writing my lengthy reviews. I have also been reading so much contemporary so I figured I could mush three books I had differing feelings about into one post. It seemed like a smart way to go.

So buckle up folks because I’m about to review To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin, Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren and Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman.

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