Tuesday, 3 April 2018

My Top Reads January - March


Yes..I know it's a Tuesday and yes..I know I usually do Top Ten Tuesday today but the topic this week didn't spark my interest so I thought I'd post something else.

I've been mulling over this idea for a while but have finally decided to put it into fruition. Every three months I am going to be sharing my top reads. I have decided to do it quarterly as that way it is split up evenly and it gives me enough time to read enough books to make a decision. 

So, to start it off here are my top reads from January - March. Enjoy!

The Fandom by Anna Day

Published by: Chicken House
Released: 4th January 2018
Page Count: 402 Pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5*

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands ...


Ruin and Rising (Grisha Verse 3) by Leigh Bardugo

Published by: Hachette Children's
Released: 4th June 2015
Page Count: 350 Pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5*

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Published by: Penguin
Released: 7th April 2015
Page Count: 303
Genre: Contemporary YA
My Rating: 4*

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Rafferty Lincoln Loves... by Emily Williams

Published by: Lutino Publications
Released: 14th February 2018
Page Count: 287
Genre: YA
My Rating: 4*

Rafferty Lincoln doesn't like horses. Not one bit. But when the popular high school girl of his dreams, Liberty Ashburn pulls him into a world of lead ropes and horse brushes, who is he to say no?

Except this isn't any old horse. This is the missing racehorse, Profit's Red Ridge. The horse Rafferty and three of his friends are hiding from the world. And Liberty Ashburn isn’t just any ordinary high school girl. How far will Rafferty go to win her over?

An intense, witty and powerful coming of age story with startling consequences.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Published by: Walker Books
Released: 1st February 2018
Page Count: 448
Genre: YA Dystopian
My Rating: 5*

A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death.

In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ("gleaned") by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice's first task will be to glean the loser.
 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Published by: Macmillan Children's
Released: 8th March 2018
Page Count: 531 
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5*

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

Clean by Juno Dawson

Published by: Quercus Children's Books
Released: 5th April 2018
Page Count: 400 
Genre: YA (for older readers)
My Rating: 5*

When socialite Lexi Volkov almost overdoses, she thinks she's hit rock bottom.

She's wrong. Rock bottom is when she's forced into an exclusive rehab facility.

From there, the only way is up for Lexi and her fellow inmates, including the mysterious Brady.

As she faces her demons, Lexi realises love is the most powerful drug of all ... 

It's a dirty business getting clean ...

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