Review: The End of Oz by Danielle Paige.

Title โ€“ The End of Oz
Series โ€“ Dorothy Must Die series #4
Author โ€“ Danielle Paige
How I Got It โ€“ From the publisher
Pages โ€“ 304 pages
Publication Date โ€“ March 14th 2017 by HarperCollins
ISBN โ€“ 9780062660237
My Rating โ€“ โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5

“My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the other girl from Kansas. When a tornado whisked me away to the magical land of Oz I was given a mission – Dorothy must die. I thought I succeeded.ย 

But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than they look.ย 

The Road of Yellow Brick is leading me to the dark world of Ev, where I have a new, powerful enemy to deal with – the Nome King. And ย – surprise! – he has a gingham-clad bride.

Now I have to escape the crumbling city, follow the road for answers, discover a way to be Good and Wicked. Before the end of Oz.”ย 

I received a copy of The End of Oz from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. This is theC-222H0WAAAADoV last book in the Dorothy Must Die series. I think.

This series has been predictable and really cheesy at times but I still found myself enjoying it. I haven’t read the novellas yet but I’m hoping to get to them soon.

I liked that Madison was in this book. I actually started to like her in Yellow Brick War. I liked that Amy and Madison’s friendship didn’t happen overnight and they still had their problems with each other but ย Madison had put Amy through a lot in high school that she was still dealing with. But I think they’d make really good friends now that Madison has grown up a bit.

Nox annoyed me at the start of the Dorothy Must Die series but he’s definitely grown on me through the books. I think Amy changed the way he saw things, which is probably why I started to like him because he was really stubborn and bossy in the first couple of books.

The ending wasn’t what I was expecting at all. The whole series had been building up to something and so I was taken by surprise with how the book and series actually ended. It was still good though. Probably better than the ending I was expecting.

Speaking of the ending… I’d heard that this was the last book in the series but after reading the last page I’m really confused. I don’t want to give anything away though so I’m not going to say anymore.

Like I said at the start of my review, this series was predictable and sometimes a bit cheesy but I’ve enjoyed it. And I’m looking forward to reading the novellas soon. And I should probably read the original Wizard of Oz story too.

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

– Aimee.

Review: But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure.

Title โ€“ But Then I Came Back
Author โ€“ Estelle Laure
How I Got It โ€“ From the publisher
Pages โ€“ 320 pages
Publication Date โ€“ April 6th 2017 by Hachette Children’s Group
ISBN โ€“ 9781408342541
My Rating โ€“ โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5

“Before the accident, Eden had life planned out. But when she comes back from a coma, the world is stranger and more magical than before.ย 

And when she meets Joe, with the melting chocolate eyes, she suddenly doesn’t have a plan at all.”

I received a copy of But Then I Came Back from Hachette New Zealand to review.ย C-SmSyvV0AAqQjc

This is not what I was expecting at all but I still enjoyed it. I liked that it sort of had a twist to the story and what happened to Eden and Jasmine. I’m not going to say anything else about it because spoilers.

I thought Eden’s family and friends gave her a hard time after she came home, expecting her to just jump back into where her life was before the coma when so many things had changed, including her. Yes, maybe she did stay in her room too long but there’s no need to be an ass about it. Eden wasn’t even sure the future she had planned out before was even possible now so I guess she was depressed and struggling to figure things out. I also think they were expecting too much out of Eden too soon.

I liked that the romance in But Then I Came Back wasn’t the main focus of the story. And I especially liked that Joe wasn’t bought into Eden’s life to fix her and put the pieces back together. I mean, I liked Joe. I just don’t like when it’s girl’s life is a mess, girl then meets boy, he’s apparently prince charming and fixes everything. It’s just not realistic. We don’t live in a Disney movie. People need help, I get it, but new relationships and hot guys aren’t necessarily the solutions.

Anyway, enough of my rant. I think this is a contemporary but don’t hold me to it. But Then I Came Back isn’t the kind of book I usually read but I did like it. I think it’s good to change things up every now and then. This is also the first book I’ve read by Estelle Laure. I might look up her other books one day.

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

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [May 17th 2017] โ€“

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.ย All you have to do isย answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think youโ€™ll read next?

Currently Reading โ€“ ย 4
I’ve decided to read The Possible by Tara Altebrando next. I received an ARC from Bloomsbury Australia last month. I think this is released in June but at least I’ll have my review ready for the release if I start it now.

I wanted to read Tara’s other book, The Leaving, last year but never got around to getting a copy.

I’m not too sure what this is about. I think I remember something about telekinetic powers and the main character’s birth mother being in prison for killing her son. I guess I’ll find out more when I read it. But it’s meant to be a psychological thriller and I love those kinds of books.ย 1

Recently Finished โ€“
I finished Perfect last night. This is the sequel and conclusion (I think) to Flawed. I really enjoyed both books.

I don’t want to say too much about Perfect because it is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil things for anyone who hasn’t read Flawed. But basically these books are set in a country where being perfect is demanded by the government. If you’re found Flawed you’re branded. There are five places on the body to be branded depending on you “crime.” Celestine was branded for trying to save the life of a Flawed man, who was dying in front of her. If you aid a Flawed, you’re Flawed. After her branding, Celestine’s life will never be the same.ย 15

I also readย The Dark Prophecy. This is the second book int The Trials of Apollo series. Which is set in Percy’s world with the same, and new, characters.

I’ve loved being back in this world. The first book has Percy in it and we’re back at Camp Half-Blood. There is a spoiler in the second book if you haven’t read the Heroes of Olympus series so I won’t say anything about that here. But I will say that I’ve loved both books and even though Apollo annoys me sometimes he did annoy me less in The Dark Prophecy.

Reading Nextย โ€“ย 12
I’ll be reading Release next. All I know about this is that is follows a guy called Adam and his life is going to change, I’m not sure how, and a ghost… I don’t know how these are connected but I’m sure I’ll figure it out when I read the book.

I have only read four of Patrick’s books and I loved the Chaos Walking Trilogy so I’m looking forward to reading this. I have two more of his books on my shelves but I haven’t got around to reading them yet.

Anyway, that’s my WWW Wednesday for another week. What have you been reading lately?

– Aimee.

Review: Front Lines by Michael Grant.

Title โ€“ Front Lines
Series โ€“ Front Lines #1
Author โ€“ Michael Grant
How I Got It โ€“ Bought a copy
Pages โ€“ 466 pages
Publication Date โ€“ January 26th 2016 by Electric Monkey
ISBN โ€“ 9781405283410
My Rating โ€“ โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5

“It’s 1942. The fate of the world rests on a knife’s edge. And the soldiers that can flip the balance… are girls.ย 

Set in an alternate WW2 where young women are called up to fight alongside men. This is the story of Rio Richlin and her sisters-in-arms as they go onto battle against Hitler’s forces.ย 

But not everyone agrees that girls should be on the front lines of war. Now Rio and her friends must fight not only to survive, but to prove their courage and ingenuity to a skepticalย world.”ย 

My mum actually bought a copy of Front Lines last year but it somehow ended up on my C9u-sTvUMAAQLQpbookcase. I’m not complaining though.

I thought the idea of women volunteering and being drafted into the armed forces during WW2 was interesting and was written really well too. There are things that have been included in this book, like racism, sexism and prejudices that were really frustrating to read but because of the time this book is set I get why it had to be included. This is meant to be a different take on WW2, not a different world all together. It’s still America in the 1940’s.

Speaking of the racism, sexism and prejudices in the 1940’s, reading about them in Rio, Rainy and Frangie’s perspectives was so frustrating. I can’t believe the things women had to put up with, and some still do. There was so much sexual harassment from the male soldiers is was ridiculous. And on top of that, Frangie is an African-American medic, who isn’t supposed to treat white soldiers or even serve with them because the army was segregated. Or all the armed forces were. I’m not sure because the characters in this book, Rio, Rainy and Frangie are all in the army. But I thought itย was so stupid. I would think people would want an army united against the enemy, not divided by race. But like I said, it needs to be included in this, even though I don’t like it, because this story is based on actual events in history. The author has just tweaked some things.

I actually liked Front Lines and loved Frangie, Rainy and Rio. They are all strong young women and I can’t wait to see what’s next for each of them. I don’t know how many books are in this series. But I’m looking forward to reading all of them.

– Aimee.

Review: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom.

Title โ€“ A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Author โ€“ Eric Lindstrom
How I Got It โ€“ From the publisher
Pages โ€“ 346 pages
Publication Date โ€“ January 23rd 2017 by Griffin Press Australia
ISBN โ€“ 9780008183011
My Rating โ€“ โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5

Mel Hannigan’s life isn’t easy. Mourning her brother, facing the loss of friendships that used to mean everything to her and struggling to deal with a condition that her closest friends don’t even know about. She wants to protect herself and everyone else. Which is why Mel locks away her heart so she’ll never feel pain again.

Until Mel meets someone new and the plight of an old friend shows Mel that sometimes C9QQhRLUIAAnpxKits worth it to take risk. That opening up to life – and who she really is – is what makes everything wonderful.

I received a copy of A Tragic Kind of Wonderful from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. I read Eric’s debut novel, Not If I See You First, last year and loved it. So I was looking forward to reading this. If you want to read my review of Not If I See You First you can here.

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful deals with the grief of losing a child and brother as well as mental illness. I’ve been reading more books about mental illness and I don’t think it’s something that should be hidden and not talked about. Mel hid it from some important people in her life. She didn’t want people to look at her differently and I do understand that but if they were her friends then they should accept everything about you. Mental illness isn’t something to be ashamed of, or something you should try to hide from people.

I was glad that even though there is a love interest for Mel in this book that it wasn’t written in a way that had this new guy swooping in and fixing her because that’s not realistic at all. And Mel doesn’t need fixing. I’m not talking about medication, I think that’s a personal choice and that’s something that comes up in the book between Mel, her mother and aunt.

I think this book was more about Mel’s journey to accept herself the way she is and not a romance. That’s what I took for the book anyway.

I really enjoyed A Tragic Kind of Wonderful and would recommend both this and Eric’s first book, Not If I See You First, to anyone who hasn’t read them.

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

– Aimee.

Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.

Title โ€“ The Bone Season
Series โ€“ The Bone Season #1
Author โ€“ Samantha Shannon
How I Got It โ€“ From the publisher
Pages โ€“ 560 pages
Publication Date โ€“ February 9th 2017 by Bloomsbury UK
ISBN โ€“ 9781408882528
RRP – $24.99
My Rating โ€“ โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5

“For the past two hundred years the Scion government has lead an oppressive campaign against unnaturalness in London.”

All forms of clairvoyance have been decreed as a criminal offence and the people who practice it are punished. Brutally. But a clairvoyant underworld has grown over the years, fighting persecution and evading capture.

Paige, a powerful dreamwalker, is leading a double life and using her gift illegally while also hiding it from her father, who works for the government.

I received a copy of The Bone Season from Bloomsbury Australia to review. This is the 5first book in The Bone Season series.

I loved the world in this book. I mean, it doesn’t sound like the best place to live, especially if you’re clairvoyant, but it’s completely different to the books I usually read. I did get all the different types of clairvoyants confused and all their auras at the beginning but the pamphlet, or whatever it is, at the start of the book helped.

I really liked Paige and a couple of members of the team that works for Jaxon. I can’t remember what they called themselves… But I couldn’t stand Jaxon. I get why Paige stayed working for him but at the same time I don’t understand how she put up with the way Jaxon treated people. Well, I don’t understand how all of them did when he treated them all like crap. But I guess it’s the devil you know right? Because when Paige was taken from them, all she wanted was to go back. It was the first place she was completely accepted as herself.

Speaking of Paige being taken, the big secret behind Scion was really surprising. I did not see that coming at all. But it was such a good twist to the story and had me wanting to know more. I was completely hooked.

The romance was a little surprising but kind of obvious at the same time. I mean, there were time when I thought more was going on between them but I thought I was reading too much into things. I did not think it would happen at all. But I am interested to see what, if anything, will happen between them in the next book.

I’ll have to get a copy of the next book, The Mime Order, soon because I really want to know what’s going to happen next. Especially after that ending.

I know I’m really late to the party but I loved The Bone Season. If you haven’t read this then I recommend it. I couldn’t put it down.

*Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [May 9th 2017] โ€“

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.ย All you have to do isย answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think youโ€™ll read next?

Currently Reading โ€“ ย 9
I started Silver Stars yesterday. This is the sequel to Front Lines and takes place in an alternate universe where women are allowed to fight in WW2.

I’m not that far into Silver Stars, almost halfway, so I can’t really say much about it but I am enjoying it. I also don’t want to give too much away for the people who haven’t read Front Lines yet.

These books follow three young women in the army, Rio, Frangie and Rainy. I really like all of them and am looking forward to seeing what’s next for them.ย C_G4QWaV0AAadNE

Recently Finished โ€“
I read Resurrection Bay on the weekend. It’s set in Australia, Melbourne I think., and follows Caleb as he finds his friend dead and goes on a journey to find out what happened to him.

I really liked this book. I saw that it was the first in a series. I’m not sure if it’s going to be a duology/trilogy or longer but it’s the first of something. I’ll have to keep my eye out for the next book because I really liked Caleb and his friends.

I found this really addictive and the twist at the end was really good. I’ll be reviewing this soon.ย 11

I read Finding Nevo last week and I loved it! I think this is a book everyone should read. It’s full of important topics and has changed the way I see a few things. I’m not saying I had a problem with anyone that’s transgender but, without giving anything away, it changed the way I thought about gender and the way people but men and women in certain boxes. But I’ll talk more about that and the book in my review. Which I will be posting soon hopefully.

If you haven’t read a copy of Finding Nevo then I recommend finding a copy.

Reading Nextย โ€“ย 15
I’m going to be reading The Dark Prophecy when I finish Silver Stars.

I really enjoyed The Hidden Oracle. Especially because we were back at Camp Half-Blood and Percy and Nico were in it.

Again, this is a sequel so I don’t want to give anything away for the people who haven’t read The Hidden Oracle yet. But if you loved Riordan’s other books and haven’t read these then you’re missing out.

What have you been reading recently?

– Aimee.