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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. read more

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By: Sarah
Review, Young Adult / March 24, 2014
Far From You by Tess SharpeFar From You
Author: Tess Sharpe
Publisher: Indigo
Date: March 2014
352 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Contemporary
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Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That's how long recovering addict Sophie's been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she'd already beaten, Sophie's finally out and on the trail of the killer - but can she track them down before they come for her?

Far From You is a strong debut from author Tess Sharpe that packs in an incredible emotional punch set within a compelling, of-the-moment thriller.

This is the story of Sophie, broken in oh-so-many ways. She suffered from a near fatal car accident when she was 15. She recovered from extensive surgery, got addicted to pain pills and went through a difficult recovery period with the help of her aunt. After being clean for nine months, she was held at gunpoint when she was 17, the night her best friend Mina was shot. She was framed, blamed and sent to rehab for three months and now that she’s out, her only focus is discovering the truth behind Mina’s murder. read more

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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / October 4, 2013
Haze by Paula WestonHaze
Author: Paula Weston
Series: The Rephaim #2
Publisher: Indigo
Date: October 2013
400 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Paranormal
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Gaby Winters’ nightmares have stopped but she still can’t remember her old life. Still can’t quite believe she is one of the Rephaim—the wingless half-angels who can shift from place to place, country to country, in the blink of an eye. That she was once the Rephaim’s best fighter. That demons exist. That Rafa has stayed.
But most of all, she can’t quite believe that her twin brother, Jude, might be alive.
And Gaby can’t explain the hesitancy that sidetracks the search for him, infuriates Rafa, and sends them, again, into the darkest danger.

Reviewed by: Mary

Paula Weston understands. She knows we don’t want to miss a minute of Gaby and Raffa, so Haze starts almost immediately where Shadows left off. There’s no downtime for the Rephaim.

Which means like Gaby, we’re also thrown headfirst back into the action, and I think I ended up liking Haze much more for it because it didn’t have the getting settled and getting to know you feeling of the beginning of the first book. With Haze, Weston focuses a little more on Gaby’s relationships with the men in her life. She’s accepted she’s a fallen angel, now can she cope with the possibility that her brother Jude is alive? ANd can she deal with whatever happens with Rafa when she also doesn’t know what else happened with Rafa before she lost her memory? read more

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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / September 30, 2013
Shadows by Paula WestonShadows
Author: Paula Weston
Series: The Rephaim #1
Publisher: Indigo
Date: January 2013
391 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal
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It’s been almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant.

It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense.

Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth – and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.

Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly – who can she trust?

Reviewed by: Mary

I somehow managed to miss the angel trend that swept through young adult fiction a few years back, and so I was intrigued by the plot summary of Shadows but had nothing really to compare it to. That probably worked out quite well, and for an intro to a new genre it’s a pretty good place to start. read more

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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / June 7, 2013
Siege and Storm by Leigh BardugoSiege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #2
Publisher: Indigo
Date: June 2013
400 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Fantasy
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Darkness never dies.

Alina and Mal are on the run. Hunted and haunted, but together at last, they can’t outrun Alina’s past or her destiny forever. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and he needs Alina to realise his dangerous plan. There are others who would like to use Alina’s gift too. And as her power grows, somehow, she must choose between her country, her power, and her love – or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

SPOILER ALERT

Siege and Storm is a fantastic sequel to last year’s debut Shadow and Bone. In fact, it was even better. It had everything I loved about the first book—the world-building, the incredible characters, the immersive writing—and more. My heart! This book is truly epic, filled with oodles of imagination and entertainment. read more

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By: Daphne