Heya guys, this is another day of book reviews!
Today I’m going to be doing another day of multiple reviews as some are just too good not to review!
Today’s reviews are for these books:
Two of the above have been sent to me from publishers and they are;
My True Love Gave To Me via MyKindaBook/Macmillan
The Winner’s Curse via Bloomsbury
So thank you to all who sent the books to me!
My first review is going to be on My True Love Gave To Me.
I must say, if you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers.
I however, am not a massive fan of goo-ey ott romances. I read all of them however and found my favourites were written by Rainbow Rowell and Laini Taylor. The rest were just not as good. And I have to be honest, Rainbow was the entire reason I read this first.
All of the stories, whilst good in their own right just became abit same-y after a while.
Nevertheless I enjoyed it and I will be picking up Summer Days & Summer Nights later this year.
Buy the book here:
My True Love Gave To Me
The Winner’s Curse & The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski.
These are books 1 and 2 of the Winner’s Curse trilogy with book 3, The Winner’s Kiss, due to be released in March.
It all begins with Kestrel, daughter of a general and a Valorian buys a Herrani slave; Arin. But she doesn’t really need a slave, nor does she use him that way. But this soon causes her town to mutter about her, and how she must be ”taking him to bed”, she’s not but it does her no favours when Arin is caught stealing and Kestrel comes to his defence and fights for him.
Winning, but only through manipulation, Kestrel begins to see Arin in a new way and finds herself falling for this slave boy. The boy who she desperately should not fall for. On the night of their first kiss however, the Herrani start a rebellion. Killing many high-class society and reclaiming their homes with Kestrel taken as their prisoner she begins to question everything she ever knew about Arin.
Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
Book 2 Review:
Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust …
While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.
Forced into a life she cannot live Kestrel is trapped and with Arin hating her more and more she struggles to maintain the Kestrel bad-assery-no-shits-given I loved in the first book. But little does she know, Arin is starting to uncover secrets of his own. Finding out the identity about this mysterious Moth who is telling them the secrets of the Emperor.
But as the stakes get higher and it gets ever closer to Kestrel’s engagement, Arin suddenly arrives at the wrong time and sends this book into the most heart-wrenching cliffhanger ever.
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It by Alexa Chung
Is the perfect non-fiction book for fashion fans and teens. Alexa has turned me into a fashion-reading-Villoid-loving girl.
(Villoid is an app where you can pick outfits/accessories and put them together whilst finding out the prices and new brands)
It is essentially a auto-biography/style guide/fashion advice by Alexa Chung.
A truly one-off collection of Alexa’s writing, doodles and photographs, It combines stories of early style inspirations such as her grandpa and the Spice Girls, discussion of figures of obsession like Jane Birkin and Annie Hall, and reflects on heartbreak, how to get dressed in the morning, the challenges of taking a good selfie, and more. Interspersed with pages from Alexa’s notebooks and many a photo of a good night out, It appears in real cloth, with hand-crafted marbled endpages covered in polkadots, stripy head and tail bands, and luxiouriously creamy paper. Witty, charming and with a refreshingly down-to-earth attitude, It is a must-have for anyone who loves fashion, worries about growing up, or loves just about everything Alexa Chung.
And ohmygod it’s so amazing and so quick to read!!!
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It- Alexa Chung
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson was my first graphic novel read of the year and I devoured it like a hungry tiger pounces on a zebra.
Sorry for that analogy but it was so good I couldn’t stop myself from reading on and on.
Nimona is about a shapeshifting girl who becomes the sidekick of Lord Ballister Blackheart and enemy of Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin.
Some of you beady eyes may recognise the artwork as that of the work done in Fangirl and you’re correct in guessing it is the same work! Yup, Noelle did the drawings for Fangirl and has now published her own book.
I don’t want to go too far into this book as I feel you should read it with knowing as little as possible. So here is all you need;
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Final reviews of the day are for the first two books in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. The first being Cinder, the sequel is Scarlet.
Cinder is essentially a fresh and exciting re-imagining of the fairytale, Cinderella. The story completely draws you in and implants itself in your mind. Cinder is part cyborg who is (like in the fairytale) forced to do her step-mothers and step-sisters bidding. When one day, in her mechanic shop, she meets Prince Kai whom quickly takes a liking to her and after seeing her a few times at the palace invites her to the ball.
Why oh why did I wait to read this amazingly good book? The characters were enchanting in a post world war with cyborgs and lunar people, and oh god by the end of it I was planning my own murder of Levanna.
Scarlet is much the same as Cinder, a fresh and so much better telling of Little Red Riding. Holy crap is it bad I love Wolf??
Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder and Thorne. As they try and escape the pack they soon find they have to save Kai from Levanna after he is forced to make the choice he never wanted to make.
Overall I loved Scarlet that little bit more than Cinder but then Cinder was primarily a world-builder so Scarlet was easier to get into.
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