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  1. Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda - Review by Eanna

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    Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda:

    This was one of those beautiful moments in life when you discover a book that will give you a lasting impact, but only came across it by pure chance. I was at the train station one day and forgot to bring my book with me (much to my utterly horrifying dismay). So, I popped into the bookstore at the station and picked this one up. It has some of the best characterisation ever, with a character that isn’t perfect and has her own flaws. Billie Sangreal is an amazing hero and I love her so much she feels a like a part my life. I needed this book when I read it, so it was definitely fated that we met. However, the author, Sarwat Chadda, takes an awfully long time to write instalments to this. I know this shouldn’t be a problem, but I forgot that I had this book and almost forgot about the sequel when it came out. I nearly missed my chance! I give this am 8/10.

  2. Shadows, Amy Meredith - Review be Eanna

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    Shadows by Amy Meredith:

    Here’s a novella series that’s at its pinnacle of its genre. With clichéd characters and a really cool plot, this is one of the best typical YA dark fantasy books I have ever read. It follows characters that might be clichéd, but are definitely believable. You feel as though you could be these characters, because they’re placed in scenarios that are relatable. The plot is also well thought out and planned very well, with the pacing never faltering. I have read the whole four-book series a few times now and never get tired of its awesome mix of action, teenage angst, romance, and demons. I give this a good 7.5/10 stars.

  3. Poison Study by Maria V Snyder - Review by Eanna

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    Poison Study by Maria V Snyder:

    This is one of my favourite books, as its action flows better than any other book I’ve read. The author, Maria V Snyder, has even given workshops on the topic. I was lucky enough to receive the notes. J It has an awesome story with a really emotionally capturing set of characters. The tension and increased pacing has been beautifully crafted. My only criticism is that the rest of the series is a massive let down. The characters are not consistent, and I like consistent characters because I become attached to them, so to have them separate and almost never see again was a major disappointment. I feel as though POV jumping could have used to bridge the gap created by this. This gets a good 7/10 stars for me. I can’t give it higher due to the rest of the series, but I always come back to this book for a light and enjoyable read.

  4. Book review: by Eanna

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    Angie Sage produced a book series, known as Septimus Heap Wizard Apprentice, which has been acclaimed by The Times, "We can’t get enough. More please!" So, after years of wanting to read this series, I thought I would finally give it a try. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed and frustrated by the lack of story development and hugely slower paced scenes. I just couldn’t get into this book, and didn’t manage to get past the first two hundred pages. It fails to provide the mystery of magic in the first half of the book, which is something I feel is necessary for a children's fantasy book to achieve. With little motivation to read on, and characters that are hard to like, I quickly gave up on this series, and am left frustrated that I bought the whole collection. It does have an interestingly hooked plotline though, know knows, maybe one day I'll give it another go. 

  5. Highlight Review: by Eanna

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    It's been twenty-two years since the award-winning author Philip Pullman published Northern Lights, the first book in His Dark Materials trilogy, and we couldn't have waited any longer! Out now is the stunning start to a new series, La Belle Sauvage, volume one to The Book of Dust. It's said to be a stand-alone series based in the same world as Lyra Belacqua and her amazing journey. With high expectations and masses of adorning fans, Philip Pullman had an immense task ahead of him, one which he met with ease. It's clear to see that he's an expert author, with a lovely writing style, and it's nice to see that it hasn’t changed over the years.  It's a beautiful story, with clear links to the initial trilogy, and nicely explains how Lyra, the heroine of His Dark Materials, comes to live at the Oxford college, known as Jordan.

    This book follows the story of Alice and Malcolm, and with apposing characteristics, this book is set up nicely for another beautiful friendship, but will it leave us as heartbroken as its predecessors? You'll have to read and find out!