Saturday, 16 March 2013

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Wither 
Author: Lauren DeStefano 
Publisher: Harper Voyager  
Release Date: 4 August 2011
Format: Paperback (320 pages)
Series: The Chemical Garden Trilogy 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males born with a lifespan of 25 years, and females a lifespan of 20 years--leaving the world in a state of panic. Geneticists seek a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Yet her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can't bring herself to hate him as much as she'd like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband's strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement; her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next; and Rhine has no way to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive.

Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

Friday, 15 March 2013

Review: The Declaration by Gemma Malley

Title: The Declaration 
Author: Gemma Malley
Publisher: Bloomsbury  
Release Date: 5th May 2008 
Format: Paperback (304 pages)
Series: The Declaration Trilogy 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Anna Covey is a ‘Surplus’. She should not have been born. In a society in which ageing is no longer feared, and death is no longer an inevitability, children are an abomination.

Like all Surpluses, Anna is living in a Surplus Hall and learning how to make amends for the selfish act her parents committed in having her. She is quietly accepting of her fate until, one day, a new inmate arrives. Anna’s life is thrown into chaos. But is she brave enough to believe this mysterious boy?

A tense and utterly compelling story about a society behind a wall, and the way in which two young people seize the chance to break free.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Review: Gone by Michael Grant

Title: Gone
Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd. 
Release Date: 6th April 2009
Format: Hardback (559 pages)
Series: The Gone Series #1

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Coming Soon...

As you know we have literally just started this site so please be patient while we try to gather our reviews. We will post reviews in the coming weeks of books that we have already read and books that we are already reading. Occasionally if we had read the same book and had opposing views we will post two separate reviews but we will stipulate when we do so. The books that have already been read that we will be reviewing are;

  • The Noughts and Crosses Sequence by Malorie Blackman 
  • The Hush, Hush Saga by Becca Fitzpatrick 
  • The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner 
  • The Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie 
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins 
  • The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth*  
  • The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
  • The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare*
  • The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare 
  • The Dustlands Trilogy by Moira Young* 
  • The Gone Series by Michael Grant
  • The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor* 
  • The Caster Chronicles by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia*

*These series' are incomplete so the reviews will only be for the books that have been released.

Please note that even though all the books listed are part of a series we DO read standalone books and we will review these too.
 In a few weeks expect reviews of all the above books.

Thank you for your patience

 Symone x


Hello all and welcome to our brand new book blog! This blog will be run by me Symone and Kathleen. On this blog we will review YA books and occasionally Adult Fiction. Give us a couple of weeks to get set up while we sort out all of our reviews and you'll soon find out that you have a new favourite book review blog! Happy reading! Symone and Kathleen