ARC Review:This Savage Song – dystopian fantasy done right

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Publication date: June 7, 2016 by Greenwillow Books
Genres:  Young Adult | Fantasy
Pages: 464
Links to: Amazon | Goodreads

The city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.

As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it.

When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battling monsters from both sides of the wall. As the city dissolves into chaos, it’s up to them to foster a peace between monsters and humans.

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Review: If I Stay – I really liked it. Surprised, are you?

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Publication date: April 2nd 2009 by Dutton Books for Young Reader
Genres: Contemporary | Young Adult
Pages: 201
Links to: Amazon | Goodreads

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true
to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving
her family and friends behind? Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in
an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

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Review: Symptoms of Being Human – a very important book for gender-fluidity

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Publication date: February 2nd 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Pages: 352
Links to: Amazon | Goodreads

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is . . . Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

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I Am Legend – confusing finale but thrilling read

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Publication date: January 21st 1999 by Millenium (first published 1954)
Genres: Classics | Horror | Science Fiction
Pages: 160
Links to: Amazon | Goodreads

Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth… but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood.

By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

How long can one man survive like this?

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Review: Nimona – quirky fun

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Publication date: May 12th 2015 by Harper Collins
Pages: 272
Links to: Amazon | Goodreads

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

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Review: Peter Pan – cute, innocent and… devilish?

Peter Pan by James M. Barrie
Publication date: October 1st 2003 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published January 1st 1902)
Genres: Adventure | Children | Classics | Fantasy
Pages: 176
Links to: Amazon | Goodreads

Peter Pan, the book based on J.M. Barrie’s famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children–Wendy, John, and Michael–who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks. Renowned children’s-book artist Michael Hague has brought the amazing adventures of Peter Pan to life. His beautiful illustrations capture the wild, seductive power of this classic book. This newly designed edition will be enjoyed by fans young and old alike.

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Review: The Snow Child – a whimsical tale

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Publication date: February 1st, 2012 by Reagan Arthur Books
Genre: Fantasy | Fairytale Retelling
Pages: 368
Links to: Amazon | Goodreads

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm, she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning, the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

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