Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

Title – The Darkest Minds
Series – The Darkest Minds #1
Author – Alexandra Bracken
How I Got It – From the publishers
Pages – 576 pages
Publication Date – April 23rd 2018 by HarperCollins
ISBN – 9781460755594
My Rating – ★★★/5

On Ruby’s tenth birthday, she woke up changed. Something happened that made her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to a brutal government “rehabilitation camp” called Thurmond. Ruby may have survived this mysterious disease that killed most of America’s children but the survivors have abilities they can’t control.

Ruby is now sixteen and one of the dangerous ones. When the truth about Ruby’s abilities comes out, she barely gets out of Thurmond alive. While on the run, she joins some other kids – Zu, Chubs and Liam – as they travel to find the last safe haven for kids with abilities. They’ll need to outrun the people tracking them. But before Ruby has a chance to live a life she’s only dreamed of, she’ll be faced with a horrible choice.

I received a copy of The Darkest Minds from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. This is the third book I’ve read by Alexandra Bracken. DdSrC65VMAAOUEZ

I’ve seen The Darkest Minds trilogy a lot online and I’ve been meaning to read it for a while. And I really wanted to pick it up before the movie comes out.

I want to say that this book started out kind of slow for me. I did end up liking the story but it took me a while to get into. I’m hoping the next two books will have more action or hook me faster.

I thought the story was really interesting and I’m hoping that there will be an explanation about the abilities – like why most kids don’t live past their tenth birthday and where they even came from. I also have some questions about Chubbs but won’t put them here because spoilers. I have so many questions.

I really liked Ruby, Zu and Liam. Chubbs took a while for me to like but I did by the end of the book. He was kind of annoying in the beginning. I could not stand Clancy.

I thought it was obvious what was happening between Ruby and Clancy right from the start and the longer it dragged on with out Ruby figuring it out the more she frustrated me. I was so glad when it eventually came out.

What Ruby did at the end of the book was kind of unfair but I can see why she did it. I’m looking forward to reading the next book, Never Fade, soon. I really want to know what’s next for Ruby.

*Thank you HarperCollins New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.


Go Girl by Barbara Else.

Title – Go Girl
Author – Barbara Else
How I Got It – From the publishers
Pages – 210 pages
Publication Date – April 1st 2018 by Puffin
ISBN – 9780143771609
RRP – $45.00
My Rating – ★★★★/5

“Go Girl is a collection of true stories about New Zealand women who have done extraordinary things. 

They strove for their goals. They weren’t afraid to step up or speak out. They blazed a trail for others to follow.” DdCmobMVwAA20b5

I received a copy of Go Girl from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review.

I loved that Go Girl was all about New Zealand women. I had heard of a few of them but there were so many women in this book that I’d never heard of before. I’m so glad I was about to read about them in this amazing book.

I also loved the illustrations and the fact that they were done by New Zealand artists/illustrators. They were all amazing and I loved looking at them just as much as reading the stories.

I know the title is Go Girl but I think this book can be read to or by boys too. Especially if they’re from New Zealand too.

I really enjoyed Go Girl and would definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone!

*Thank you Penguin Random House for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

Review: The Radical Element by Jessica Spotswood.

Title – The Radical Element
Series – A Tyranny of Petticoats #2
Author – Jessica Spotswood
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 320 pages
Publication Date – March 13th 2018 by Candlewick Press
ISBN – 9780763694258
My Rating – ★★★★/5

“Twelve of the most talented writers working in YA literature today have created a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections, young women of all colours and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs. They are ignoring their mother’s well-meant advice and forging their own paths – whether secretly learning Hebrew in early Savannah, using the family magic to pass as white in 1920s Hollywood or singing in a feminist punk band in 1980s Boston.”

I received a copy of The Radical Element from Walker Books Australia to review. This is the second book in a series I guess. I haven’t read the first book, A Tyranny of Petticoats but I don’t really think you need to as they’re both anthologies so it’s not like the stories continue from the first book to the second. I will read the first book eventually though.

I know I’ve said this before. Probably more than once actually. But I have had problems with anthologies before. I either don’t like any of the stories or only a handful at most. I did enjoy every story in this book though. Which hardly ever happens. IMG_20180404_105943_177

A friend of mine recommended the first book a few years ago and I did buy a copy but I still haven’t read it. I will hopefully pick it up soon. I really want to read it after how much I enjoyed this.

The Radical Element was full of strong and amazing young women and diversity too. I always love reading about different cultures and countries. I don’t think I’ve read a lot of books set during these times so I did find this really interesting.

A lot of the stories were based on the years they were set in but there were two, that I can remember off the top of my head, that had magic in them. I think they’re called magical realism? I’m not really sure. I can’t remember having ever read a magical realism story before but I think I have two sitting on my shelves.

Anyway, I do wish some of the stories were longer and I wanted to know what happened to the characters after their stories were over. But that’s always the problem with short stories if you like them. I’d definitely recommend this to people who love reading about strong, independent women who dare to follow their dreams and hearts!

*Thank you Walker Books Australia for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

Review – Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend.

Title – Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Series – Nevermoor #1
Author – Jessica Townsend
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 480 pages
Publication Date – October 31st 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780316439954
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Morrigan was born on Eventide – the unluckiest day for any child to be born – and has been blamed for every local misfortune all her life. But even worse than that, the curse means Morrigan will die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

As Morrigan waits for midnight, a strange man called Jupiter appears. Hoping to outrun the shadows that are trying to kill her, Jupiter takes Morrigan to a magical and secret city called Nevermoor.  Untitled

Soon, Morrigan discovers that Jupiter chose her to compete for a place in the Wundrous Society. For Morrigan to be accepted in the Society, she much complete four trials against other children. If she fails she’ll have to leave the city and face whatever’s waiting for her back home.

I received a copy of Nevermoor from Hachette New Zealand to review. I’d heard a lot of good things about this book but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Especially with it being compared to Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. I love those books and I really didn’t want to compare them. But I really enjoyed it!

I did find it a bit cheesy in places but it is a middle grade book so I guess it was kind of DceEPAJVMAAFqMPexpected. I mean, it’s not cheesy in a bad way.

I liked Morrigan and her friend. I think his name was Hawthorne? But I’m not 100% sure. I found Morrigan’s story really interesting and I was totally rooting for her to get into the Wondrous Society. But there were other, very unique, characters in the book and all of them lived in Jupiter’s hotel. Even the hotel seem to have its own personality.

Nevermoor was full of adventure with all the trials Morrigan had to do and it added to the fun and magic of the book. It was dark in places, especially with the curse and Morrigan’s family (except her grandmother) But I really enjoyed this and will definitely be picking up a copy of the sequel when it comes out.

*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada.

Title – This Mortal Coil
Series – This Mortal Coil #1
Author – Emily Suvada
How I Got It – From the publishers
Pages – 464 pages
Publication Date – November 2nd 2017 by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN – 9780141379272
RRP – $23.00
My Rating – ★★★★/5

When Cole turns up with news of Lachlan Agatta’s death, hope seems lost for Catarina. Her dad was the leading geneticist and humanity’s best hope of finding a cure for a deadly virus. But hidden in Cole’s genehacked enhancements, Cat finds a message – Lachlan created a cure!

But only Cat can decrypt it. That’s if she can figure out all the clues he left her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself in danger from Cartaxus. There are a billion lives at stake and a handful of people who have a chance at saving them. But Lachlan has one last secret that Cat needs to unlock and it will change everything. Db-7_LfVQAAFdbx

I received a copy of This Mortal Coil from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I’d heard really good things about this so I was really excited to finally pick it up. I will admit that it took me a while to get into. I don’t think all the tech and science talk helped at all. Those are two subjects that bore me to read about but I pushed through it and I’m so glad I did.

Anyway, wow Cat’s father was a piece of work. It wasn’t all that obvious to me in the beginning because Cat loved her father but the more she showed of her past and her time with Lachlan I just got a weird feeling about him. I don’t really know why.

There were a lot of twists in This Mortal Coil. And I mean a lot! Most of them came as a surprise. If you’re like me and all the science and tech stuff isn’t your thing, I’d definitely push past it all because this book is so work it just for all the surprises.

Speaking of the twists, I did see the one at the end coming. I mean, when is anything ever that easy? But it has me hanging out for the sequel!

I liked both Cat and Cole and I’m also excited to find out what’s next for them. I cannot wait for the second book to come out!!

If you love books with amazing twists, mystery, suspicion and death then I definitely recommend picking up a copy of This Mortal Coil.

*Thank you Penguin Random House for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

Review: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold.

Title – Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold
Series – Kitty Hawk and the Flying Detective Agency #1
Author – Iain Reading
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 262 pages
Publication Date – December 3rd 2012 by Amazon Digital Services
My Rating – ★★★/5

“Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska’s inside passage and Canada’s Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.”

I received a copy of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold from a publicity agent for the author to review. (I think that’s the right term??) 32946791

There were parts of this book that I think are great for girls to read. Like the adventure, a strong female heroine and marine life. It’s set in our world so there are no vampires or faeries which I thought was a nice change. I mostly read fantasy books. Maybe I need to mix up my genres a little more. There was a mystery to the story too which kept me reading.

There were a few things I didn’t like though. I did find Kitty and her inner voice annoying at times. Maybe because there’s an age gap between us and I don’t really know any nineteen year olds? I’m not really sure.

I also found the book had too much text for me which made reading a lot slower. So I did end up struggling to finish the book. But I did really want to finish it. I find I get through books with shorter paragraphs faster. Or maybe it just wasn’t my kind of book? I’m not really sure what it was.

Overall I thought Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold was a good adventure story for girls, or boys if they’re also interested. I’m not saying this is just for girls. But I don’t think this was for me. I’ve passed my copy onto someone I think will enjoy it more than me.

If your into adventure and mystery then maybe Kitty Hawk is the kind of book you’d enjoy.

*Thank you to the publicity ream for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman.

Title – Scythe
Series – Arc of a Scythe #1
Author – Neal Shusterman
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 448 pages
Publication Date – February 1st 2018 by Walker Book
ISBN – 781406379242
My Rating – ★★★★/5

“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.”

I received a copy of Scythe from Walker Books Australia to review. This is the first book in the Arc of a Scythe series. DY7hJyvU8AA0rED

I’d heard really good things about Scythe so I was excited to finally pick it up. It did take me a while to get into but once I did I couldn’t put it down. I think the idea of a world without war, illness or crime was what took me so long it get into the book because it was so hard to accept. It’s just not something I find very likely but this is a work of fiction so anything is possible.

I really liked Citra and Rowan and I felt bad for what they were going through. Not only did they not want to be apprentices but then they found out that one of them would have to glean, or kill, the other.

I enjoyed Citra’s POV all the way through the book, especially with some of the twists that happened towards the end. But there was a point in Scythe when I wasn’t sure I wanted to know what was happening with Rowan. Even though I was sure he wasn’t like the other Scythes he was with.

I was actually kind of surprised that the corruption in the Scythedom wasn’t all that shocking to me. I kept thinking a quote I’d heard a few years ago – “power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Not every Scythe had an agenda or wasn’t exactly Scythe material. But I think that quote fits really well for all the others.

This book had a lot of great twists, most of them I wasn’t expecting at all. And the ending!! Especially Rowan’s POV leading up to the end… I cannot wait to pick up Thuderhead and find out what happens next.

*Thank you Walker Books Australia for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.