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Review, Young Adult / June 20, 2016
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie StiefvaterBlue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Publisher: Scholastic
Date: September 2014
389 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal
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There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue exceeded my expectations and is quite possibly my favourite book in the series so far. Having read the second book in the Raven Cycle series, The Dream Thieves, I wasn’t entirely impressed and although I enjoyed it, I was expecting a lot more given the popularity it has with many people. Blue Lily, Lily Blue most definitely delivered following my disappointment from the previous book, and has me excited to read the final book in the Raven Cycle series. There are no spoilers in this review, as I know that there are still people out there that haven’t read this series/book yet!

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By: Vicky
Review, Young Adult / March 19, 2015
Asylum by Madeleine RouxAsylum
Author: Madeleine Roux
Series: Asylum #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date: August 2014
336 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

This book has the look and feel of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children but do not be fooled, that is where is the similarity ends. The book jacket and photos have the look for a really creepy story that will haunt your dreams but that doesn’t happen.

The story starts out shaky when the main character, Dan Crawford, attends an 8-week summer school program. Since there is a rooming issue that forces everyone to stay in an asylum for the length of the program, that is when creepy and unusual things start happening to Dan. Well, it is intended to be creepy but comes across as just odd. Mysterious photos appear in Dan’s room and strange dreams occur yet Dan is not really rattled by any of this. Dan seems to have some strange connection to the asylum and knows the stories before anyone tells them to him. Dan does make friends, Abby and Jordan, and convinces them to check the asylum out with him. They start to explore the office where they find more creepy old photos, hospital records and bloody hand-prints. As the story goes on, they explore farther and farther into the off-limits wing and discover more hidden secrets.

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By: Sara
Review, Young Adult / February 19, 2015
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly BlackThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Indigo
Date: September 2013
419 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

Okay, so I have to confess that I was one of those unapologetic, completely obsessed fangirls of Twilight and all things paranormal. However, after a while I was hit with a case of vampire burn out and became disenchanted with the whole paranormal genre (with the exception of The Vampire Diaries TV show!), that was, until I read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. This book was both terrifying and entertaining, resulting in a thoroughly compulsive read.

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By: Sarah
Review, Young Adult / December 6, 2013
Angelfall by Susan EeAngelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn and the End of Days #1
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Date: May 2013
325 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal
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It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Susan Ee is a brave woman. Not only for originally self-publishing this great book back in 2011, but for writing a book that takes all the gloss away from angels. Angelfall is stripped back tale of an apocalyptic world that is scarily real. The book made me laugh, cry, swoon and quiver in fear and loathing. It was an exceptional story with characters to love.

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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / November 8, 2013
The Falconer by Elizabeth MayThe Falconer
Author: Elizabeth May
Series: The Falconer #1
Publisher: Gollancz
Date: September 2013
312 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Historical Fiction, Paranormal
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Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?

If you think you’ve read too many faerie books, well, think again because there’s one book that’s an absolutely must read this year. The Falconer is the freshest, most well-crafted story I’ve read in a while, faeries or not. You will be delighted to enter Lady Aileana Kameron’s gritty, steampunky world.

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By: Daphne