Review: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

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Since his mother’s mysterious death, Magnus Chase has lived alone on the streets of Boston. One day his uncle tracks him down to tell him a secret so bizarre it seems impossible: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

From that moment on, Magnus has to go on a quest that leads to him discovering more about his family and heritage than he could ever have imagined. Along the way he makes some unexpected friends, all of which help him to complete his quest and help delay Ragnarok.

This book was highly entertaining; Magnus is a sarcastic and humorous character. The relationships between characters are very well written. Parts of the novel had me laughing out loud.

I loved how well written the characters were in this novel. Samirah was an excellent character. She was strong and confident, a wonderful female character. Another fantastic character was Hearthstone, an elf. His character is deaf and while that could have been difficult to write into such an action packed book, Riordan did it very well.

I would recommend this book for fans of Riordan’s other novels, especially the Percy Jackson books. However if you haven’t read the previous books, this novel does not hold any spoilers for the story (but it does have some notable references!).

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Review: Demon Road – Derek Landy

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Amber is a sixteen year old girl, who spends most of her time talking to friends online. She is shy and insecure, and prefers to spend her time avoiding her parents and their weird friends.

But when one day a shocking incident reveals a terrifying secret, Amber has to run. She is then plummeted from one horrifying threat to the other, doing her best to fight off the danger all the while trying to find a way to save herself from the pursuit of her parents.

Demon Road comes from Derek Landy, the author of the bestselling Skullduggery Pleasant books. Landy has a distinct humour that is as present in this novel as in the Skullduggery Pleasant books.

I really enjoyed this novel. Full of plot twists, suspenseful moments and action packed scenes, this novel has something for everyone.

I would recommend this novel to any fans of the Supernatural TV series, as well as fans of supernatural creatures and novels.

Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here is the newest novel from Patrick Ness, the author of The Knife of Letting Go.

All Mikey wants to do is graduate high school. He has nothing to do with the ‘indie kids’ or the school blowing up (not for the first time). Mikey isn’t the ‘chosen one’ and has no desire to be, his problems go as far as trying to work the courage up to ask his friend Henna out.

This novel is not about the ones who fight evil, who save the town, who are considered the heroes. This novel is about the people in the background, living ordinary lives and are uninvolved in whatever horrors the ‘indie kids’ are dealing with.

Each chapter begins with the struggles that the ‘indie kids’ are facing, but the chapters themselves are focused on these background characters. However, instead of being ordinary and trivial, these characters deal with issues that, despite not being a portal of doom opening in the gym, are still important.

This novel deals with relevant issues such as OCD, eating disorders, unrequited love and much more. It proves that a person doesn’t have to be the ‘chosen one’ or fighting evil to be dealing with important things.

I really enjoyed this novel. It’s fun and clever, with a fantastic plotline and wonderful plot twists. I would definitely recommend this book.

Review: Drop – Kate Everson

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Carla has never lived at the same place for longer than 6 months. Her mothers job has meant that the family has had to move numerous times, meaning that Carla has never been able to truly settle down and make friends in the area. When Carla’s mother finally lands the job of her dreams, the family moves to London, where they’re going to stay for longer than Carla has ever been in one place before.

However, this time, Carla doesn’t want to blend into the background at school. She doesn’t want to be just another student. She sets her eyes on the elusive popular group and is determined to join them. But when she does, she finds out that being popular is not all that it seems.

I enjoyed this novel because it was a painstakingly honest story of how drugs can change a person. It also highlights the dangers of peer pressure in regards to drinking and drugs.

I would recommend this novel to teenagers.

Review: Royal Wedding – Meg Cabot

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After six years, bestselling author Meg Cabot has written a new book in the Princess Diaries series. Royal Wedding follows Princess Mia of Genovia as she tackles the problems of an adult, problems which she is not yet accustomed to, which leads to some comical and also insightful stories.

I really enjoyed this novel. It was wonderful to read about Mia being grown up and dealing with issues that are more relevant for older readers, such as what to do when someone cheats on you and how to deal with loss.

This novel was lighthearted and fun, which made it a really enjoyable read. However, despite the overall sense of joy and humor, the book also dealt with some very important and relevant issues.

Readers who enjoyed previous books in the series will love this novel, especially if, like me, they have grown up reading the books about Princess Mia.

Review: A Little In Love – Susan Fletcher

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A Little in Love is a novel based on Les Miserables, which tells the story of Eponine. This novel describes her life, from when she was little up until her heart wrenching death.

I thought that this novel was a very interesting look into the lives of Eponine and her family. It was interesting to see the lives of France’s poor described in detail.

It was also very interesting to see the relationship between Cosette and Eponine when they were younger and living in the same house. It was fascinating to see the parallels between the two when they were young and then when they were grown up.

I adored the description in this novel. From the very first page, this novel was full of vivid imagery and description. The novel was beautifully written, despite its description of less than beautiful scenes.

This novel is perfect for any lovers of Les Miserables. A Little in Love is a beautiful novel showing Eponine’s alternate side to the story.

Review: Catalyst – Helena Coggan

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Rose has been trained in magic and fighting since she was very young, now, as a teenager, she helps her father in his workplace, the Department, where all crime investigations take place. Rose hopes to someday work here, and is planning her further education around getting that job. She just has to pass the test first. Oh, and she also has to make sure no one finds out her secret. A secret she could be killed for.

I really enjoyed this novel. The worldbuilding was fantastic and I liked the characters. The plot was fast paced and exciting.

I’d recommend this book for lovers of The Hunger Games and Divergent.