A Thousand Pieces Of You – Claudia Gray

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Title: A Thousand Pieces of You

Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: Harper
Year: 20124
Format: Paperback, 360 pages
ISBN: 9780062357694

 Hands down and without a doubt, A Thousand Pieces of You wins the prettiest book of the year award. LOOK AT THAT COVER! It’s one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen. I honestly cannot fault the cover. It makes me so excited to see what the sequel covers will look like. Pretty cover aside; the story itself is also pretty spectacular, and definitely one of my favourites that I’ve read this year.

A Thousand Pieces of You is an alternate dimension kind of book. It follows Marguerite Caine, the daughter of two physicists who have created a device called the Firebird that allows a person to travel to different dimensions. When Marguerite’s Father is murdered, all the evidence points to her parent’s grad student Paul, who has taken off with the Firebird into another dimension. Marguerite and another grad student and friend of her parents, Theo, take the remaining two Firebirds and follow Paul into different dimensions to avenge her Father. But what Marguerite discovers throughout her dimensional travel is that everything is not as it seems, and that something greater than avenging her Father’s death is taking place. Continue reading

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Through To You – Emily Hainsworth

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Author: Emily Hainsworth
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Year: 2012
Format: Paperback, 264 pages
ISBN: 9781471116155

In January and February this year I was lucky to go to the USA with one of my best friends. This was my third trip there in a span of 5 years. I was so excited for Barnes & Noble, especially since I had a surprisingly high amount of free baggage (thank you Hawaiian Airlines for 2x32kg free baggage). I knew that I could have a little fun buying some books, and not have to worry about how to get the books home. Through To You is not one of the books I bought at the time. It is however one of two books that stayed in my mind for months afterwards due to its beautiful cover. Yes, I judged this book by its cover, and if you’ve been reading this blog, I think you have learnt that this is something I do. About 3 months after I returned to Australia, I cracked and bought this book. Damn pretty covers.

Was the content as amazing as the cover? Sadly, no. I was tremendously disappointed with this book. Perhaps I shouldn’t have had my expectations so high but I mean, that cover guys! There was so much I didn’t like about this book and barely anything that I did enjoy. So brace yourself for a rather negative review.

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The Lux Series – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Year: These editions 2014 (original editions: 2011, 2012, 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively)
Format: Paperback, 801 pages, 807 pages, 533 pages
ISBN: 9781622664481, 9781622664498, 9781622662647

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book and fell so deeply in love with it. It’s been even longer since I have skipped a lot of sleep in order to binge read the remaining books of the series within a matter of days. And, it’s been only a handful of times that I have completely finished a series to pick up book one and reread the whole series again. Jennifer L. Armentrout, look at what your Lux series has done to me!

In three days I read the five books that make up this series. Those three days included me having both university and long days at work, so somehow I managed to read a lot in those three days. Within a week, I had read the series twice. Let me tell you, these books are fairly big – they’re not the largest I’ve read but they’re still pretty big. I feel very accomplished to have read so much in a week.

The reason why I have decided on a series review on my blog as opposed to individual book reviews is that I honestly took no notes past the first 50 pages of the first book. I was so enraptured with this series that I feel like it was all I breathed for a few days.

The Lux Series is comprised of five books – Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Origin, and Opposition. They follow Katy, who has just moved from Florida to West Virginia with her mother. Katy is an avid reader and a book blogger, and would be more than happy to spend her time alone, but when her mom encourages her to make friends with the teenagers next door she attempts to, to make her mom happy. The teenagers next door – Daemon and Dee – are not your normal teenagers, and as Katy spends more time around them she notices the odd things that don’t add up. By accident when she is almost killed, Katy discovers the truth. Daemon and Dee are Luxen, aliens from the planet Lux, secretly blending into the human world after their planet was destroyed.

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Masquerade – Kylie Fornasier

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Title: Masquerade

Author: Kylie Fornasier

Publisher: Penguin Australia

Year: 2014

Page Count: 340 Pages

ISBN: 9780143571070

Masquerade is the debut novel for Australian author Kylie Fornasier. I first heard about this book in June at the Sydney Penguin Teen Australia Live Event. I was lucky to get to hear Fornasier talk about this book firsthand, and she instantly had me wanting this book. I am normally not the biggest fan of Australian authors – it honestly is nothing personal but I have never managed to find an Australian book that I can rave about. Masquerade changes this, as it was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. I enjoyed it so much, that I’ve decided to set myself a little goal. Each month I want to read and review at least one Australian book, and I’m starting this month with the one and only Masquerade.

Masquerade is set in 1750’s Venice, and follows seven teenagers whose lives intercross with one another. All seven characters are hiding something, whether this deals with their loves, desires, loyalties, or beliefs, and the Venice setting of ballrooms, theatres, palazzos, and promenades mean that the drama is intensified with gossip, games, and schemes threatening to have it all come crashing down. Everyone is being played by someone who knows more than they do, and coincidentally they too are being played. This is everything you could want in a novel – mystery, scandal, drama, and romance.

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If I Stay – Gayle Forman

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Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Speak
Year: 2009
Page Count: 234
ISBN: 9780142415436

I first read If I Stay just short of two years ago. I remember it was New Year’s Eve and I spent my night reading. On completion of this book, I remember balling my eyes out. I had planned on getting the sequel, but I never got around to it. This year I finally did, and I knew I needed to reread If I Stay first. I also wanted to read this again before the release of the movie. I had not planned on reading it on the day I saw the movie, but somehow that happened. I was reading this book for the second time in public places, primarily on trains and at my uni. I was so nervous that I was going to be crying and people would be looking at me weirdly with their judgey eyes that scream, “why the hell are you crying?” Lucky for me, I didn’t cry at all whilst reading this book for the second time, and I’m not sure if that is because I knew what to expect, or if it is because there isn’t actually that much to cry about in this book (what I mean by this is although it is sad, it’s not the saddest book by far).

If I Stay is an emotional book. It is a beautiful book. It has beautiful characters, and beautiful scenes, and beautiful relationships. It has beautiful writing, and beautiful pacing. Everything about it is simply wonderful. Continue reading