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Review: The Serpent King by Jeff Zenter

Review: The Serpent King by Jeff Zenter

Review: I heard about the Serpent King on twitter (from the lovely Carly at Writing from the Tub whose review is here) and it sounded completely up my street so I was really pleased when I was able to obtain a review copy on Netgalley. I love books set in the Southern US states, there’s something about them and the Southern Gothic movement I find completely fascinating and the summary seemed to suggest a True Detective style atmosphere. The Serpent King is beautifully written and the small Tennessee town Dill, Lydia and Travis live in is bought off the page and feels so real. Dill, Travis and Lydia are defined, compelling and well-drawn out characters each of whom has their own story and arc within the book. Dill in particular really stands out as the main character who loves Lydia but knows […]

Posted March 28, 2016 by chooseyabooks in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Mini Reviews #5: It’s Getting A Little Creepy

Review: I love a good creepy read and Daughters Unto Devils definitely delivered with its historical setting, mountain location and distinctly sinister plot. After Amanda’s family move to a remote cabin, she hopes she can leave her past behind, including the fever that she’s worried has caused her to lose her mind. Only, the cabin is soaked in blood and there are stories about the area – about murder and unhinged minds. Oh, this book is delightfully creepy and Lukavics writes a sinister, disturbing tale with an intriguingly unreliable and very often unlikeable narrator. The plot develops and becomes even more horror-filled and disturbing by the end and has this feverish quality to it. The horror and gore is not sanitised so I would recommend this to younger readers personally. Books like this aren’t for everyone; that said fans of books with […]

Posted February 10, 2016 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Review: I had heard a lot about Huntley Fitzpatrick from US book bloggers so was very excited to see that Egmont are finally publishing My Life Next Door in the UK and even more so when I was able to snag a review copy from Netgalley. I adore YA contemporary and I think most people who regularly visit this blog know that. While I try and review all types of YA, and while I admit I sometimes need a little break from contemporary, it’s the YA genre I return to the most. My Life Next Door feels like the perfect YA contemporary read. It’s set in the summer, it has romance, family drama, a main character trying to forge her own identity and some heartbreaking moments too. Samantha Reed has watched the Garrett family next door for years; noting the […]

Posted February 8, 2016 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Moth Girls by Anne Cassidy

Review: Moth Girls by Anne Cassidy

Review: I’ve read and enjoyed several of Anne Cassidy’s YA novels (for example her Murder Notebooks series I’ve previously reviewed) over the years so I was looking forward to Moth Girls. The concept, with two missing girls, Petra and Tina, and their friend, Mandy, who has been left behind was intriguing and I liked that it showed the aftermath of these very difficult situations. How do you grow up knowing your friends went missing and you didn’t and that no-one knows what’s happened to them? I found Mandy the most interesting and vivid character in Moth Girls. I think this is probably because her arc is the most compelling to me personally. She has survivors guilt, wants to know what happened to her friends and she’s traumatised by her own potential culpability. As the book develops, we get to see Petra’s point of […]

Posted January 4, 2016 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: All That Glitters by Holly Smale

Review: All That Glitters by Holly Smale

Review: The Geek Girl novels are such a fun YA series and Harriet is a great main character so I was looking forward to All That Glitters. Harriet’s finally a sixth former, however her best friend Nat is at college and Harriet feels they’re drifting, plus Toby’s nowhere to be found. Is sixth form really going to be any different? I don’t want to spoil the plot details too much but this Geek Girl book really examined the school experience well, as a lot of the other Geek Girl books have involved going to another country this one has a more relatable setting for a lot of its audience. It’s hard to read parts of Harriet’s school scenes, especially as her classmates don’t exactly treat her well at the start, however as uncomfortable as this may be it’s also a reality for […]

Posted June 8, 2015 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Review: I enjoyed Samantha Shannon’s debut The Bone Season and was excited to see what was in store for Paige next. I found The Mime Order even more engaging and intriguing than The Bone Season. There’s definitely a very different tone and atmosphere to the Mime Order, whereas The Bone Season was Paige forced into a very difficult situation and fighting to escape, now she’s fighting the society she lives in and has developed as a character into more of a leader. We don’t see much of London in the Bone Season, it’s the secondary location and most of the book takes place in Oxford, so it was great to see and learn more about it in the Mime Order. We learn a lot more about the world and rules and politics behind in the Mime Order and I thought this really […]

Posted January 21, 2015 by chooseyabooks in britishbookschallenge, reviews / 1 Comment
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Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Review: All The Bright Places intrigued me from the moment I read the synopsis and its striking cover. I’d heard quite a bit of positive buzz around this title and I love contemporary YA. All The Bright Places is the dual-narrative story of Theodore Finch (a brilliant character name) and Violet Markey. When both teenagers end up meeting on the edge of their school’s bell tower neither jump off it and when they become partners for a school project an unlikely friendship starts. Both Violet and Finch were clear individual characters, however for me Finch was a much more vibrant character and came off the page a lot more easily than Violet. At times I felt like Violet was more in Finch’s shadow, a character who steals his scenes with relative ease. This at first made me a little unsure of […]

Posted January 14, 2015 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 2 Comments
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Review: Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

Review: Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

Review: I was really intrigued when I heard that Stripes were going to be publishing YA and not just YA but creepy horror YA in the style of the old Point Horrors under ‘Red Eye’. I love horror movies (not so much the gory ones) and at the same time hate them because I always get five minutes into a film and remember I actually have an overactive imagination and will get a bit freaked out. Frozen Charlotte involves an old boarding school and creepy dolls and the scares start early with a very creepy oujia board scene (always a subplot that will scare me). Sophie is a strong narrator dealing with the death of her best friend and the weight of the possibility of their oujia experience having a significant part in that death after calling on her dead cousin. She […]

Posted January 9, 2015 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 5 Comments
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Review: Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Review: Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Review: When I was a kid, I secretly loved this Disney Channel film with Hilary Duff called Cadet Kelly, in which an artistic teenager is sent to military school and that painted a fairly idealised view of military school with Shawn Ashmore as the romantic lead. So reading the summary for Rites of Passage, I couldn’t help but be intrigued, however I didn’t expect to enjoy Rites of Passage as much as I did. Sam is one of the first female students at Denmark Military Academy, attending after her brother Amos dared her shortly before his suicide. Her other brother is not particularly impressed by Sam taking it up. Where Hensley excels with Rites of Passage is in making it more than a guilty pleasure read set in a military academy with secret societies. The discrimination, hazing and harassment Sam endures is painful […]

Posted January 5, 2015 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Review: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Review: After reading and enjoying Suma’s Imaginary Girls and hearing a lot of praise from blogger/librarian Stackedbooks I was desperate to read The Walls Around Us which has been described as Orange is the new Black Swan. Like Imaginary Girls, The Walls Around Us feels both contemporary and supernatural, almost magical realist in a sense. The Walls Around Us is beautifully written and Nova Ren Suma is a clear talent in the YA world. While at times the novel feels a little confusing – there are two main narrators who reveal the story of a third character, Orianna, and some time jumps all running simultaneously, it is a compelling read and one well worth pursuing. I read this novel in one sitting until about 2 am. Centred around a juvenile detention facility, Violet, Orianna and Amber narrate the story. Each character was […]

Posted November 17, 2014 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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