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2014

I suppose you could call this a yearly reference list. Books that we’re interested in that are scheduled to come out in 2014. This list will probably be altered and changed throughout the year as we add new books or cross off old ones that we’ll never get round to. So here’s what we’re excited for so far:

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Hollow City – Ransom Riggs (14th January)

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Cress – Marissa Meyer (4th February)

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Exposure – Kathy Reichs (1st March)

Half Bad (Half Life, #1)

Half Bad – Sally Green (3rd March)

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Ruins – Dan Wells (11th March)

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Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins (13th March)

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton (25th March)

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Dreams of Gods & Monsters – Laini Taylor (8th April)

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Raging Star – Moira Young (13th May)

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare (27th May)

The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)

The Murder Complex – Lindsay Cummings (10th June)

Untitled (Skulduggery Pleasant, #9)

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light – Derek Landy (28th August)

Aristeia/Mortal Gods – Kendare Blake (1st September)

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Heir of Fire – Sarah J Maas (2nd September)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater (4th September – UK)

The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2)

The Infinite Sea – Rick Yancey (16th September)

Echoes of Us (The Hybrid Chronicles #3)

Echoes of Us – Kat Zhang (16th September)

The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)

The Iron Trial – Cassandra Clare & Holly Black (2nd October)

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The Blood of Olympus – Rick Riordan (7th October)

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The Young Elites – Marie Lu (7th October)

Undivided (Unwind, #4)

Undivided – Neal Shusterman (14th October)

Seizure- Kathy Reichs

Seizure (Virals, #2)SPOILERS TO VIRALS. DON’T READ THIS REVIEW UNLESS YOU HAVE READ VIRALS! (or if you are one of those annoying people like me who read the last page of a book before finishing it, because I can’t help myself)

So… I’ve been putting off doing this review for a few days now, because to be honest, I didn’t know what to make of it, and I needed a few days to process all my thoughts on this book. And also, while you read through the Cons of this review, bear in mind that this book is still 4 stars. 😛

Summary
Because I’m so lazy, and it’s the last day of the summer holiday, I’m going to just use the Goodread’s Summary:

Ever since Tory Brennan and her friends rescued Cooper, a kidnapped wolf pup with a rare strain of canine parvovirus, they’ve turned from regular kids into a crime-solving pack. But now the very place that brought them together – the Loggerhead Island Research Institute – is out of funding and will have to shut down. That is, unless the Virals can figure out a way to save it.

So when Tory learns of an old Charleston legend about a famous she-pirate, Anne Bonney, whose fortune was never found, she can’t believe her luck – buried treasure is exactly what she needs to save the Institute on Loggerhead! Trouble is, she and her friends aren’t the only ones looking for it. And this time, the Virals’ special powers may not be enough to dig them out of trouble . . .

And that pretty much sums it up. Except from the fact that the other people who are looking for it try to kill them…

Cons (every good book has some cons)
After reading Virals, it just seemed as if this wasn’t needed.
I mean, yeah, this is a great book and so was Virals, but I was happy about how Virals ended, and I was so so so so so so worried that this book was going to be a let down (which it was, and wasn’t, LIKE CORNFLOUR. which, as a side note, is AWESOME! 😉 ). It just didn’t link very well to the first book in the series… apart from the you know, Wolf-stuff.

It was too optimistic… and childish… and Deus ex machina (hehe, my awesome latin… and NO I totally didn’t look that up on wiki right now…)
WHEN IS A PIRATE’S TREASURE HUNT EVER GOING TO HAPPEN???
IT WAS JUST LIKE:
HEY I NEED MONEY
I JUST FOUND THAT THERE’S TREASURE BURIED SOMEWHERE
GUESS WHAT?
I JUST FOUND THE TREASURE!
????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? WTH?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
It just seems like some sort of lame children’s story… (but notice how I say “seems”)

Tory
To be honest, I didn’t mind her in the first book, but in this book… She just seemed unrealistic… She was always acting like a mother towards the other Virals… It really bothered me… It just seemed like Tory was too forced to “become” a “strong-willed females character” to make it more YA fiction, rather than just A fiction…

The bitchiness of the “Tripod”
I never got those things.
I was like something from Mean Girls:
A group of bitchy girls who would trash the main character.
IT JUST DOESN’T HAPPEN (AND YES. I FEEL LIKE YELLING). (Okay, imagine the rest of it in capitals, because I’m too lazy to keep typing like that…)
I’ve moved school plenty of times, and in each of them, yeah there were some bitchy girls and guys, but none were like “the Tripod” who publicly humiliate people who they don’t like or anything. It just seems like the way adults picture people who are that age… WELL IT’S NOT TRUE.
But then again, this book is set in Australia (I think), and Mean Girls is set in America, and hey ho, I’ve never been to school in those countries, so maybe it only happens in those areas… but I’m still doubtful…

Hm………….. This is turning really negative… It wasn’t supposed to go this way… Lets go straight to Pros now before you judge the book too harshly!!!

Pros
The Humour
It was like Maximum ride humour. As in the sarcasm and stuff. It’s funny. And better than maximum ride, because this book doesn’t have people resurrecting all the time, like Ari, instead, when people die, they die.

Cliffhangers
I’m not talking about the ending, I’m talking about how there were cliff-hangers all the time, so this was the fastest book I’ve read in a long time. It was extremely fast paced, and in general, AWESOME!

The Action
The fights scenes are awesome! For everyone! As in, if you hate blood and guts, you can still read it! There’s isn’t anything really that’s icky… It’s all guns, and wolf eyes.

Nerds
Its a nice change to have a book with the main characters as a set of nerds, rather than “normal people”. And if you at once think, when I say a bunch of nerds, of Big Bang Theory, don’t worry. In this book there is no character that interrupts every sentence going “Do you want to know a fact about tomatoes?”

How they still don’t master their “flares” at the end
If that happened, it would have pushed the line for me… I really hate those type of happy-sappy endings, where everything is happy and no one has died, and all the wolf-humans have everything under control. IT JUST DOESN’T HAPPEN. So, Thank you Kathy Reichs for not making an ending like that, and for giving it a sense of “the actual world (apart from you know, the wolf stuff)” 🙂
Oh yeah, going along that point, also:

How they didn’t find the treasure chest on their first go
That may have also pushed the line.

Favourite Quotes

  • “You’ll start talking, and pretty soon we’ll all start nodding, and then the next thing you know, I’m hang gliding off the Eiffel Tower at night, being chased by ninja vampires”
  • “We did just leave an insane asylum,” Hi agreed. “For all we know, Chance spend his nights dancing naked with sock puppets, plotting to invade Canada.”
  • “I’m adding ‘canine’ to my searches,” I said. “And ‘instinct.’” “Whatever. I’m adding ‘lunatic.”
  • “Ben locked his eyes on mine for a long moment. Then, “How?” “How do you think?” I smiled, then slapped him full across the face”
  • “Tory a father isn’t supposed to fear his fourteen-year-old daughter. That being sad, you terrify me”
  • “Ben yanked Hi sideways as spikes snapped from the wall…Once again, only Ben’s reflexes had saved him. “Please stop doing that!” Ben barked. “Please keep doing that!” Hi warbled”

Summary
I know I wrote quite a lot of negative stuff, but trust me, this isn’t a bad book, there were just some things that kept bothering me, and I guess this book “was the straw that broke the camels back” or however that quote goes…
And this may come as a surprise, because of all the ranting, but 4 shuriken stars!

Virals- Kathy Reichs

Virals (Virals #1)WOW. JUST WOW. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. I AM LITERALLY SPEECHLESS…. I haven’t read a book this good in a long long time… (by a long time I mean a couple days! :D). Seriously, though this book is AMAZING! IT IS A MUST READ FOR EVERYBODY WHO WILL LISTEN!!! :D. It’s an AWESOME fast paced, thrilling book and I loved it!!!

A Quick Summary!
hm… what to say without giving away most of the plot… hm… I’ll try to keep it spoiler free, but it may be hard.. (I’ll try to warn you!). The story follows this girl called Tory Brennan who loves bones and fossils (well.. maybe loves isn’t the best word… fascinated maybe?) and she also loves dogs and wolves and wolfdogs!!! Don’t worry I’m not going crazy…yet… its all part of the story! She finds her friend Cooper, who is a WOLFDOG!!! who is ill ;( and they rescue him from the EVIL MAN who was experimenting on him… ;(. But soon after they rescue Coop, something else happens! (but I really don’t want to say… because I don’t want to spoil that moment of the book for you!- when I read that part I was like OMG THAT CAN’T BE TRUE!!!). Tory and her group of friends eventually find out that those two events are linked, along with another event… (I also won’t say! :D)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cons

The plot
To be honest, the plot wasn’t that good, but it was still really enjoyable! When I was reading this the plot was just AMAZING!!!, but only after I had finished it did I realise that it was actually quite basic and wasn’t that unique… Its her writing style that makes this book amazing!

Pros

THE WRITING STYLE
I LOVE THE WRITING STYLE!!! IT IS AMAZING!!! In my opinion it is the best thing about this book!!! It’s the thing that makes this book interesting and fast- paced. The writing style makes this book sooooooooooooooo much better; because the plot wasn’t that good… but it wasn’t bad either…

The Characters
They just worked so well together! I’m not sure what else to say… I’ll just put some dots in………………………………….. 😉

The Cover
THE COVER LOOKS AMAZING!!!! It is exactly how I imagined Tory and the Island! 😀

The twist
ONCE YOU HAVE READ THIS BOOK YOU WILL KNOW WHAT THE TWIST IS. BUT OMG OMG I’M SORRY I NEED TO RANT ABOUT IT!!!! IT WAS JUST SO GOOD AND SO UNEXPECTED… I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT THAT PERSON DID THAT…. ;( and she was supposed to be nice…. ;( I’m, sorry, I think I might be hyperventilating… but OMG…

How it all fitted together!- like a puzzle!!! I love puzzles!
It just worked so well!!! All of the pieces fitted together, and the end was so good!!!- I love Cooper ❤ he was so sweet in the end!!! 😀 I love how Kathy Reichs made sure that there were no loose ends; which is why I, for one, personally thought that the ending was amazing!!!, and it makes me kinda sad that there is going to be a sequel… because I really don’t know if it will live up to Virals…

Favourite Quotes!!! (I love this part- its like re-reading all of my favourite parts!)

  • “Who’s going to rob us? A crackhead crab? A jellyfish junkie?”
  • “Let’s do it. Monkeys are always funny. You pretty much can’t go wrong with a monkey, right? Hi paused. Well unless that monkey wants you dead, or does needle drugs or something. Then it’s wrong, and a bad monkey”
  • “Baravetto was unconscious when we found him,” Hi said. “What’d you do to the guy?”
    “Kicked him in the balls, then brained him with a rolling pin. Twice.”

Overall…
Overall this is a amazing book! I would definitely recommend it to anybody who would listen! 5 SHUIRKEN STARS EASILY!!! The writing style was good and the twists were unexpected and sad and what else could you actually want from a book??? Please, I’m being polite at the moment, go out and do yourself a favour and read this book and if I still haven’t got across, to you, the message, GO AND READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!!