Mini Reviews - February Edition


Happy Friday! As you may (or may not) know last month I started my mini review series (you can find January's edition over here) and as we are nearing the end of February it's time for February's edition! 

This mini review series is so I can still share my views about books I have read but not in a long review format. I got my inspiration for this from many other book blogs so a big thanks to all those mini reviewers who have inspired me.

Anyway, without further ado here are my mini reviews for February..

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Published by Faber & Faber
Released 2nd February 2017

This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince's message has spread across the desert - and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl's instinct for survival. For the Sultan's palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper's nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive... But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani's past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart

This is the second book in The Rebel of the Sands trilogy and I must say I enjoyed it a lot more than the first book. It was more action packed, more lively and a lot more shocking. I found myself engaging with the characters a lot more and rooting for them. Amani is so bad ass. It was also very emotional. The ending broke me. I am loving this series and can’t wait to read Hero at the Fall!

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Published by Penguin Random House Children's
Released 7th April 2015

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.

I do love my contemporary YA and I’d heard good things about this book. And let me tell you.. I wasn’t disappointed. I loved the message behind it and it was just great to see LGBT representation in a YA novel. I really did feel for Simon and his relationship with Blue just melted my heart. It’s a real feel good easy read and I think everyone would benefit from reading it. I also can’t wait for the film.

Scythe by Neal Schusterman
Published by Walker YA
Released 1st February 2018 (This edition)

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.

Oh my god! How can I even begin to describe this gem of a book? I had a feeling I was going to enjoy it just by reading the blurb and my thoughts were exactly right. I was hooked from the first page and literally didn’t want to put the book down. The plot was so intriguing and unique. The characters all had depth and my heart was racing towards the end. The twists and turns leave you shocked and by the end you just want more. I cannot wait to read Thunderhead!

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