Review: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Second Chance Summer is the first Morgan Matson book I’ve read, and after reading, it won’t be the last.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Near Perfect, easily one of my all-time favorites.

Taylor doesn’t have the closest bond to her family anymore. However, when the family gets some devastating news they decide to spend one summer—just like the old times. Which wouldn’t be a problem for Taylor if it wasn’t in their old vacation home, where she burned all the bridges to her former best friend and her first love.

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Review: Poison Study by Maria V Snyder

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Poison Study is the first book in the Chronicles of Ixia.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Near Perfect, easily one of my all-time favourites.

Yelena is on deathrow when Valek comes to her with an offer that’s almost too good to believe: She can be spared, but only if she agrees to risk her life by tasting the Commander of Ixia’s for poison. To ensure that she won’t just run away, Valek poisons her with Butterfly Dust and thus making sure she’ll come back daily to get the antidote. If that wasn’t enough, Yelena is starting to develop magical powers that she can’t seem to control—and it proves to attract even more trouble for her as she tries to hide it from the very people who banned magic in the first place.

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Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

★ ★ ★ ★ – Kept me interested all through and I liked it.

“Starcrossed” by Josephine Angelini is a YA novel based on greek mythology. It’s the first in a trilogy, and yes. It ends on a cliffhanger.

Warning: This review might contain spoilers.

Helen has always hated attention, but the moment she lays eyes on the hot new guy, Lucas, she doesn’t care that she’s in an overcrowded school hall—she needs to kill him.

This summary is probably one of the shorter ones I’ve written. But honestly, that pitch is all you need in order to give this book a chance.

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Review: Talon by Julie Kagawa

Talon by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Talon is the first book in The Talon Saga by Julie Kagawa.

Rating: 4 stars

Ember Hill is not good at being a dragon—at least not the kind of dragon that Talon wants her to be. She longs for the freedom that humans seems to take for granted. Ember and her twin brother, Dante, are placed among humans to finish their training to determine what their future will hold. There, she befriends teenagers who introduces Ember to summer, surf and first love. Soon enough she finds herself stuck in a love triangle between a human soldier, who is determined to kill her and her kind, and a rogue dragon, who wants to take her away from everything she knows. All while she discovers that Talon might not be everything they seem to be.

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Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

I admit it: this book was purely a cover buy. It was there, and I wanted it. I mean, look at it: It is gorgeous.

Twylla is the daughter of the Sin Eater. She’s also engaged to the future king, living with him in the castle. This would be pretty great, except she is feared for her ability to kill by touch. As the embodiment of the Goddess, only her future husband is able to touch her without being poisoned.

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Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin My rating: 5 of 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Near Perfect, easily one of my all-time favorites.

I was poison, and Noah was the drug that would make me forget it.

“The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” is a young adult paranormal story, splashed with sci-fi elements.

Mara Dyer is a survivor, but she can’t remember the accident she alone survived. The only thing she knows is that two of her friends and her boyfriend died in a collapsed building where she apparently was too. Dealing with the memory loss and depression is tough, and her family decides that a change of scenery is needed.

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Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Near Perfect, easily one of my all-time favorites.

No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.

“The Young Elites” by Marie Lu is a dark-ish fantasy, and the first in a trilogy.

Adelina is a malfetto—a survivor of a blood fever that changed her hair to silver, and left her with a scar where her left eye used to be. She lives with her sister and a cruel father who believes that she is nothing more than an abomination left to ruin the family name and fortune.

One night, something dark erupts from inside Adelina causing a chain of events that lands her in the care of the Dagger Society—a group of malfettos with extraordinary abilities called The Young Elites.

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