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REVIEW: The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson

34865995TITLE:  The Extinction Trials
WRITTEN BY: S.M. Wilson
PUBLISHED BY: USBORNE YA
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 384
TRIGGERS: LOVE FOR DINOSAURS

star5

(PLOT BY GR) Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.
Welcome to the Extinction Trials. In Stormchaser and Lincoln’s ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.
But in a land full of monsters – human and reptilian – they can’t afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other…
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Resolution of 2018: Finishing book series!

On these 365 days I am planning to catch up on some unfinished business: THE BOOK SERIES! Series are such a cross for me: I started them and I loved them but then I want to go for something different and completely forget about them. When I finally decided to go back to a world setting I suddenly forget about EVERYTHING: the characters, the world and the entire plot of the previously book.

Why books don’t have a previously as tvshows do? How can my human brain remember everything that happen YEARS AGO. HOW?

 

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Review: Potion Diaries by Amy Alward

23344222TITLE:  Potion Diaries
WRITTEN BY: Amy Alward
PUBLISHED BY: Simon & Schuster UK
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 320
TRIGGERS: boredom.

star2

(PLOT BY GR) When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn. Enter Samantha Kemi – an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime? And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news. No big deal, then.
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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.

star4

(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!

star3.5

(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!

star4

(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

star4

(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)”