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I’ve been busy reading and thought I would share some of the books I’ve read with you all. Have a book you think I NEED to read? Let me know in the comments!

Soraya by Patrick Hodges – 5 STARS

When I heard Patrick Hodges had written a Prequel to the Wielders of Arantha series I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and it didn’t disappoint.

Soraya tells the story of how the all-female Ixtrayu tribe began. Captured by a group of slavers along with other girls, Sahria endures trials and tribulations as she builds relationships with the other women and tries to formulate a way to escape. As they journey across the land they endure terrible conditions and treatment, but the strength of the women is what propels the book forward and I couldn’t help but invest in the characters and their fates.

This story sucked me in from the first paragraph and I enjoyed every moment of the ride. Full of love, sadness, strength and magic, Soraya is a must-read for fans of the Wielders of Arantha series.

Find out more about Soraya HERE!

 

 

We, The Lucky Few by P.S. Lurie – 4 STARS

Trapped between a fence and an ever-rising sea, the families of the Middlelands still hold on to the hope that one day those in power will allow them through the fence so they won’t disappear with the rest of the world. When finally presented with the opportunity to save themselves, the consequences might be too great for some.

The original and sometimes shocking storyline had me intrigued from the beginning and held me till the end. Forced to make a choice between sacrificing or saving themselves, the characters in this story show all sides of humanity, from the brutal and heartbreaking, to the brave and selfless.

There were parts of the story that seemed to slow down at times, repeating parts of the story and giving too much internal thought. But the intrigue of the storyline kept me hooked throughout.

We, the lucky few is an intriguing Dystopian Thriller that will have you questioning what you would do if faced with the decision to either save yourself or sacrifice your life for the sake of another.

Find out more about We, The Lucky Few HERE!

 

After Life by Jacquie Underdown – 5 STARS

Zoe hopes a new start at a new school might be just what she needs to feel normal, but the spirits she see’s have different ideas. She soon finds herself becoming the schools resident freak once again and realises she may not be able to trust her new friends. Just when she feels like all is lost, a truth is revealed that teachers her the truth of her abilities and gives her glimpses into the after life and her roll in it. Now she needs to decide, remain in the human world she knows or venture into the unknown of the after life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and all of its twists and turns. Just when you think you know what’s coming the story takes another turn and you find yourself in the midst of another exciting chapter.

After Life takes us on a journey through mythology, the creepy side of the after life and the pressures of being ‘normal’.

Find out more about After Life HERE! 

 

 

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – 5 STARS (I’d give it 10 if I could)

Lazlo Strange is an orphan, junior librarian and dreamer. Since he was a young boy he’s been obsessed with the lost city of Weep but despite is interest in the mythical city he knows he may never know the truth he seeks. When a group of warriors arrive he is presented with the chance to finally discover what happened to Weep and it’s people, and he must decide if he’s ready to journey across the world to find out.

I loved everything about this book. The characters, the storyline and the way Laini Taylor weaved her words to create a beautiful, heart-warming story I couldn’t put down. If you only read one book this year pick up, Strange the Dreamer. You won’t be dissappoitned.

Find out more about Strange the Dreamer HERE!

 

 

 

The Convergence by Tenille Berezay – 3.5 STARS

Desiree is hiding a secret, one she’s desperate to hide from everyone she loves, but when new boy Blake arrives at school and shows interest in her, she soon learns her secrets can’t stay hidden forever. Although Blake could hold all of the answers to her questions, Desiree discovers there’s more at play than she could’ve imagined.

The Convergence was a fresh take on the young female discovering she has special powers story. The characters were well-developed and I enjoyed watching their relationships change and evolve throughout the story as I discovered who Desiree and Blake really were. Although it was a slow start, the last half to third of the book was fast paced and I couldn’t put it down.

The first half to three-quarters of the book was a slow build. While the author took time to build relationships it did slow down the story in the beginning. The relationship between Desiree and Blake was a little cliché and predictable, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying their story.

The Convergence started out slow but when it kicked up a notch in the second half it was impossible to put down.

Find out more about The Convergence HERE!

 

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