An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

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3.9 out of 5
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First published in 2006, An Abundance of Katherines is the second novel by John Green. It follows seventeen year old Colin Singleton and his friend Hassan as they embark on a road trip after Colin is dumped by his nineteenth Katherine in a row. They wind up in Gutshot, Tennessee where they meet Lindsey Lee Wells and an ansortment of other whacky characters who teach Colin some very important lessons whilst he tries to solve the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability.

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Divergent – Veronica Roth

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4.9 out 5 stars

Spoilers ahead.

Divergent was first published in April 2011 by American author Veronica Roth and is the first in a trilogy of young adult, dystopian novels set in a futuristic Chicago which has been cut off from the rest of the world by a giant wall. The novel centres around the narrating character Tris as she discovers that she’s Divergent – she fits into more than one of the five personality traits that make up the factions being ruled in Chicago. She has to hide her Divergence so moves to the faction Dauntless where she meets more challenges than she could have possibly imagined.

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Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan

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4 out of 5 stars

Spoilers ahead.

Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse is the third novel in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. It was originally published in 2007 and centres around the fourteen-year-old titular character and his adventures as a Greek demigod in North America.

This book was good – it wasn’t perfect – but it was still pretty damn good.

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Lord Loss – Darren Shan

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4.5 out of 5
Spoiler warning.

Although I bought this book back in 2009 when the tenth book in the Demonata series was published, Lord Loss was first published back in 2006. What was amazing at the time that I bought the novel, I was offered the chance to go meet Darren Shan in person and hear him talk about Hell’s Heroes and get him to sign one of the books I brought with me. However, from that point I hadn’t really read the books. I was given them all and some from other series too, but the Demonata I never got round to reading. So I was excited when this book was picked out of my TBR box by my brother.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

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5 out of 5 stars
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First published in March 2012, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the début novel by Jesse Andrews. It follows Greg Gaines in a first person narrative as his mother forces him to reconcile an old friendship with a girl named Rachel. Greg isn’t keen on making friends – only tolerating the company of his companion Earl because of their joint love of movies – so is far from happy when he has to make friends with this girl after ditching her years prior. To make matters worse, his mother’s motives are fuelled by the sudden news that Rachel has been diagnosed with leukaemia and socially inept Greg has no idea how to act around her.

Honestly, I can’t fault this book. It was amazingly realistic.

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Rebel Belle – Rachel Hawkins

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5 out of 5 stars
Spoilers ahead.

Published in April 2014, Rebel Belle is a new series by Rachel Hawkins. It’s told from the point of view of Harper Price – a seventeen-year-old girl who wants to keep everything in her life perfect. She participates in almost all school activities, is in the running to become Homecoming queen, keeps her appearance to high standard and tries to be nice to everyone. Except for head of the school paper, David Stark.  However, her life is thrown off balance when the – get this – unassuming janitor (Hong Kong Phooey much?) locks them in a bathroom, reveals he’s a Paladin (a magical knight) who passes his powers and mission to Harper as he dies. Now Harper has to deal with school, her upcoming dance and all the powers she now possesses as a Paladin. There’s just one catch – the mission she has been given is to keep alive a psychic who just happens to be the one person she cannot stand. David Stark.

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Girl of Nightmares – Kendare Blake

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4.8 out of 5

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Written by Kendare Blake and first published in 2012, Girl of Nightmares is the sequel to the paranormal romance novel Anna Dressed In Blood. It centres around the narrating character Theseus Cassio “Cas” Lowood and his life with his friends in the Canadian town of Thunder Bay after his near-death at the hands of the Obeahman from which he was saved by cursed soul Anna. Despite his friends’ attempts to get him to move on from Anna (whom he had to fall in love with, obviously…), Cas soon realises that Anna has been trapped in Hell and sets out on a suicide mission to free her.

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Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale – Holly Black

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3.9 out of 5

Spoilers ahead.

T:AMFT was first published in 2002 and was written by Holly Black – most famous for her series The Spiderwick Chronicles – and I had high hopes for this story. It follows a sixteen-year-old girl named Kaye who is described as a modern nomad. She travels across America with her mother (who I personally feel is a pretty bad role model) who is a singer in a rock band. But then her mother’s boyfriend tries to murder her so they are forced to move back into the home of Kaye’s grandmother. And then the faeries arrive…

I am so conflicted with my feelings for this book.

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Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance – Oliver Bowden

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4/5 stars

Spoilers ahead.

Based on the video game Assassin’s Creed 2, this novel by Oliver Bowden follows Ezio Auditore, a seventeen-year-old Italian nobleman set to continue his father’s banking empire. However, he is unaware of his family’s true legacy – his family is connected to the Order of Assassin’s, a group of elite killers set on keeping the Pieces of Eden from falling into the hands of the Templars. Who conveniently happen to be the family that Ezio cannot stand.

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