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Review: The coldest girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

the_coldest_girl_in_coldtown_coverTITLE:  The coldest girl in Coldtown
WRITTEN BY: Holly Black
PUBLISHED BY: Indigo
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 419

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(PLOT BY GR) Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. It’s an eternal party, shown on TV 24 hours a day – gorgeous, glamorous, deadly! Because, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave…A wholly original story of rage and revenge, love and loathing from bestselling author, Holly Black. Continue reading “Review: The coldest girl in Coldtown by Holly Black”

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Review: Ruin and Rising (Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo

14061957TITLE:  Ruin and Rising (Grisha #3)
WRITTEN BY: Leigh Bardugo
PUBLISHED BY: Square Fish
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 422
WARNING: HEARTBREAKING and SOBBING.

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(PLOT BY GR) The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives. Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
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Siege and Storm (Grisha#2) by Leigh Bardugo

51dzgxkpaul-_sx324_bo1204203200_TITLE:  Siege and Storm (Grisha #2)
WRITTEN BY: Leigh Bardugo
PUBLISHED BY: Square Fish
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 435
WARNING: SHIPPING!

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(PLOT BY GR) Darkness never dies. Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
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Shadow and Bone (Grisha#1) by Leigh Bardugo

shadow-and-bone_hi-res-677x1024TITLE: Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1)
WRITTEN BY: Leigh Bardugo
PUBLISHED BY: Square Fish
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 356
WARNING: SHIPPING!

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(PLOT BY GR) Alina Starkov doesn’t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, she is sure of only one thing: her best friend, Mal–and her inconvenient crush on him. Until the day their army regiment enters the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. When their convoy is attacked and Mal is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power not even she knew existed. Ripped from everything she knows, Alina is taken to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. With Alina’s extraordinary power in his arsenal, he believes they can finally destory the Fold. Now Alina must find a way to master her untamed gift and somehow fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. As the threat to the kingdom mounts and her dangerous attraction to the Darkling grows, Alina will uncover a secret that could tear her heart–and her country–in two. Continue reading “Shadow and Bone (Grisha#1) by Leigh Bardugo”

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber (spoiler free)

32930224-_uy200_TITLE:  Caraval
WRITTEN BY: Stephanie Garber
PUBLISHED BY: Hodder & Stoughton
VERSION I READ: hardback – UK (rose)
PAGES: 402
WARNING: tears

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(PLOT BY GR)Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever. Continue reading “Caraval by Stephanie Garber (spoiler free)”

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

25021443TITLE:  The Raven King
WRITTEN BY: Maggie Stiefvater
PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Press
VERSION I READ: ebook
PAGES: 448
WARNING: SHIPPING.

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(PLOT BY GR)The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: “Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.” Continue reading “The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater”

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Frostblood by Elly Blake

c1_0lajwqaelr_eTITLE: Frostblood
WRITTEN BY: Elly Blake
PUBLISHED BY: Hodder & Stoughton
HOW I GOT IT:  ARC from FairyLoot
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 322

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(PLOT BY GR) In a land governed by the cruel Frostblood ruling class, seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has spent most of her life hiding her ability to manipulate heat and light – until the day the soldiers come to raid her village and kill her mother. Ruby vows revenge on the tyrannous Frost King responsible for the massacre of her people.  But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable…and so are the feelings she has for Arcus, the scarred, mysterious Frostblood warrior who shares her goal to kill the Frost King, albeit for his own reasons. When Ruby is captured by the Frost King’s men, she’s taken right into the heart of the enemy. Now she only has one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her – and in doing so, she must unleash the powers she’s spent her whole life withholding. Frostblood is set in world where flame and ice are mortal enemies – but together create a power that could change everything.
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