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Review: Repossession by Sam Hawksmoor

Review: Repossession by Sam Hawksmoor

Sam Hawksmoor’s debut was a complete surprise for me. From it’s summary I expected it to be more about supernatural and witchcraft elements, but this is in fact more along the lines of YA science fiction. That said the sci-fi element is not dominant and even as someone who doesn’t read sci-fi avidly, I was still engaged with the plot and really liked the book so don’t be put off! 34 children have recently gone missing in Genie’s small town. She is next. Genie starts out in the novel imprisoned by her mother who believes she is possessed by the devil thanks to a local sinister reverend. When she is saved by Rian, her boyfriend and they try to escape and end up seeking shelter with reclusive Marshall. One of the most compelling things for me about this novel was […]

Posted March 5, 2012 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Poison Heart by S.B Hayes

Review: Poison Heart by S.B Hayes

Katy Rivers’ life finally seems to be picking up. She’s dating Merlin, her school’s resident artist hottie and has a great group of friends. However, when she sees a strange girl while on the bus with piercing green eyes, things begin to unravel. Add in a mysterious green pendant she receives from her indirectly and Katy starts to wonder if this new girl, Genevive, is entirely human and if she wants to take over Katy’s life. As Genevive worms her way into Katy’s life through her friends, mother and even her boyfriend while appearing perfectly sweet to them, and saying she will is Katy’s worst nightmare to her in private. Katy finds herself in a battle for her friends and trying to prove that this girl is not all she seems. What I most loved about this novel is that […]

Posted March 1, 2012 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Despite it’s heavy theme of a girl with cancer, Me, Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews is a very heartfelt, humorous and enjoyable debut. Told through Greg Gaines, a hapless teenager with very little dating success who tries to not stand out or belong to a single clique in high school, it tells the story of when Rachel, a childhood kind-of friend, is diagnosed with cancer and how Greg becomes friends with her again. I really liked that this was not a particularly sentimental or melodramatic book. Recently there has been a vein of movies and books like this, which not only highlight the obvious devastating side of cancer, but also have a natural human quality and slight humour to them: the film 50/50 instantly comes to mind here as a natural companion to this book. From the […]

Posted February 29, 2012 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Hollow Pike by Juno Dawson

Review: Hollow Pike by Juno Dawson

Hollow Pike is Juno Dawson’s debut novel and is a welcome addition to the British young adult movement. It tells the story of Lis, who has moved in with her sister and her husband in Yorkshire after being hounded out of her school by bullies. When she is bullied again by the class tormentor, Laura, Lis bonds with the school outcasts; Kitty, Delilah and jack and they scheme to teach her a lesson. After a practical joke however, Laura is killed. Now, Lis and her friends need to solve the murder because they were also in the woods that night and may be in danger themselves. The novel is set in a small town filled withlore and legends of witchcraft and Dawson brilliantly sets up the suspense here. For me, I never doubted Hollow Pike and its superstitious residents and minor characters […]

Posted February 28, 2012 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Review: Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

When I first read the summary of this book I was intrigued but not quite sure what to expect. A human raised in a werewolf society sounded great and I could see a real Jungle Book allusion with this, however at the same time I was worried that it would be cliched and the character a little too perfect. Thankfully, I was proved very wrong as Barnes has managed to write Bryn (I have to say I do dislike her full name though) as a strong character who is not perfect but also is not weak or subservient. What I enjoyed most was the way in which Barnes rejected the “I am yours now” mentality that can be seen in paranormal romance novels or young adult and played with it too. One particular exchange that made me laugh was when […]

Posted February 22, 2012 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Half Black Soul by HD Gordon

Approaching this book was difficult for me; not only did my friends love it on Goodreads but I had enjoyed Blood Warrior, HD Gordon’s debut so much I was scared this book would not meet my expectations – in some ways it did and in a few small ways it didn’t. I really enjoyed this book and I have to mention that at it’s low price, it is a real bargain and proof of the worth of checking out self-published writing from time to time despite any preconceptions Gordon writes romantic chemistry and general action very well and so her strengths naturally lend themselves to the paranormal romance genre. In this outing her writing and style are much more confident and she is taking more risks with her writing too. In terms of character development, Alexa is much more accepting […]

Posted February 16, 2012 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Slide is the debut novel of Jill Hathaway and a book I was eager to read it from the moment I read the summary. It combines two of my favourite types of writing: crime and young adult, plus it adds a really compelling paranormal twist to this. Vee is narcoleptic, but while she has these episodes she ‘slides’ into someone else’s mind unintentionally. This has been a blight on her life since it started as she hates touching or keeping things people may have imprinted on or touched, particularly those she loves, in case she slides into them. When she slides one night however she witnesses the aftermath of the murder of a classmate that is later written off as suicide. With a killer around who may know about her sliding ability as they left a note on the night […]

Posted February 14, 2012 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

As my second review of love week at ChooseYA I am happy to present my review for the brilliant Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. Graffiti Moon already has a place as one of my favourite YA contemporary novels/romances and confirms to me that Australian YA is definitely something I should keep my eye on. Cath Crowley writes beautifully and while sometimes dual narrators seem unnecessary, they were used very well here and were essential to greater understanding of what was happening. Lucy has finished year twelve and is celebrating with her friends. She wants to meet Shadow, a local and anonymous grafitti artist she admires when she runs into Ed, someone she had a pretty awful first date with, who knows Shadow and offers to show her some of his haunts. I don’t want to spoil the novel for you, […]

Posted February 8, 2012 by chooseyabooks in loveweek, reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

In honour of Valentine’s Day approaching, I am declaring it Love Week at ChooseYA and having a week of reviews and discussion on love stories and romance in YA. To kick this off is my recent review of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Jennifer E Smith’s debut novel, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, has garnered a lot of hype and I would argue, it matches it. Smith tells the story of Hadley who is on her way to her dad’s wedding across the pond in London when she misses her flight. Enter Oliver, an adorable British student at Yale who is on his way home on the next flight. the two of connect and the novel chronicles before, during and after the flight. I loved that both characters had their own problems that couldn’t […]

Posted February 7, 2012 by chooseyabooks in loveweek, reviews / 1 Comment
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Review: Beyond by T.P Boje

When I first started Beyond, I was struck by it’s similarity in opening to Gabrielle Zevin’s Elsewhere and was worried it was going to be a bit of a rip-off, within a chapter however I was pleasantly surprised that it changed course and became an original and exciting novel. Beyond tells the story of Meghan who has died and is a new student at the Academy, where she has to graduate in order to get to Heaven. I really enjoyed the world and take on the afterlife that Boje created. When Meghan accidentally visits earth again, she meets Jason and forms a friendship/budding romance with him. When she discovers he is going to die however, she is desperate to save him. While in terms of conflict, I appreciate the need for a good and evil side, I did find it […]

Posted January 31, 2012 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 2 Comments
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