Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – Book Review

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After winning the competition to be crowned the King’s Champion, assassin Celaena Sardothien is tasked with the dispatching of anyone who dares to challenge the King of Adarlan’s rule. As she has already suffered at the hands of this ruthless king, she offers all of her targets the opportunity to flee, to never be seen again. However, with every death she fakes, she puts the lives of the people that matter the most to her at risk – Dorian, Chaol and Nehemia. As she learns more about the King’s court and it’s secrets, she must decide which side she is on and how much she is willing to sacrifice…

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Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman – Book Review

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In a dystopian world, years after a violent war, young Kaspar is a Guardian – a team of highly trained peacekeepers tasked with driving out the terrorist group that threatens the safety of the city. He never questions the cause he is fighting for – after all, he’s fighting the bad guys, isn’t he? After meeting a member of the rebel forces, he begins to uncover the truth about what each side is trying to achieve…

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – Book Review

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Celaena Sardothien was an unstoppable assassin, known all around for her skill and stealth. That was all before she was caught, and sent to the salt mines of Endovier, which few survive. After enduring a year, she is summoned to Rifthold to represent the Crown Prince of Adarlan in a competition to serve as the king’s champion and eventually earn her freedom. When her competitors are murdered under very suspicious circumstances, Celaena must delve into the history of her nation and the secrets it holds.

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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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In the second installment  of The Mortal Instruments series Clary, the protagonist, is still learning what it means to be a Shadowhunter and finding out more about the world that has been kept hidden from her until recently. Clary encounters werewolves, vampires, warlocks and faeries as she tries to figure out how to wake her mother from a magically induced coma and how to stop her father from bringing evil to the Shadowhunting world.

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Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

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Monsters of Men is the final instalment in the Chaos Walking series. After fighting the army of The Answer, the Mayor has another enemy to worry about — the native species, known as the Spackle. Meanwhile, Todd is doing everything he can to make sure Viola, his best friend, is safe. When the Mayor begins to struggle fighting the Spackle forces, he must make some difficult decisions to ensure the safety of the people of New Prentisstown.

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The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

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The Ask and the Answer follows straight on from The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in the trilogy. Todd and Viola have just arrived at Haven to find that the Mayor of Prentisstown has taken over and given himself the title of President Prentiss. Todd is made to work for the enemy, the President, but when bombs begin to explode around the city, he is forced to choose sides…

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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It’s never quiet in Prentisstown – the 146 men and one boy, Todd, who live there can constantly hear each other thoughts in what’s known as the Noise, a germ that has affected everyone in the town and supposedly killed all the women. One day, with only a month to go until he becomes a man, he finds a place where it is completely silent, which is unheard of in Prentisstown. He soon finds out that the men of Prentisstown aren’t telling him the truth when it comes to the past of the town…

Just like the other Patrick Ness books that I’ve read, More Than This and The Rest of Us Just Live Here, I really liked the concept. It makes you think about what it would be like if you could hear the thoughts of the people around you constantly and whether you would try to hide your thoughts from others.

I really liked the characters – especially Todd and his dog, Manchee. Animals are also affected by the Noise, so Todd can communicate with Manchee. They had such a strong bond which was tested to the limits as the story progressed. I am currently reading The Ask and the Answer, the next book in the trilogy. I’m enjoying it and I hope to post the review next week.

Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman

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In the second book in the Noughts and Crosses series, the story is told by Sephy, a Cross, and Jude, a Nought. Jude blames Sephy for what happened to his family, and now he wants revenge, but with Jude’s life resting on a knife edge, that’s not going to be easy…

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Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

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In Callum and Sephy’s society, Noughts, the white citizens,  are ruled by Crosses, the black citizens. Callum, a Nought, and Sephy, a Cross,  who have been friends since childhood, soon learn that Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix when Callum goes to a mainly Crosses school for the first time. As they get closer, they find it harder and harder to be together. Then, everything changes when the bomb goes off…

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