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Review: The Morning Flower by Amanda Hocking

Published by PanMacmillan 11th August, 2020.

The plot thickens as we dive back into Pan and Ulla’s adventures in The Morning Flower. Pages filled with complex characters, picturesque landscapes and questionable bars all lead Ulla and Pan back to Merellä, back to where it all began.

The Morning Flower takes off exactly where The Lost City ends. Making it easy to go between the two books. The Morning Flower does feel more urgent, there are more things being revealed, more characters playing big roles and more twists being taken.

Once again we see Ulla and Pan setting off on a new adventure. And although it makes for a great story, it feels surreal. How they, as well as Dagny and Elof, can simply take off from work. Drop all commitments and leave on a wild goose chase across the world.

The pacing of The Omte Origins feels a bit off. Through both books it is slow and deliberate, even in times of high action. It makes the pages turn slowly and makes it read slowly. It doesn’t take away from the plot, but it does take away from the feel of the book itself.

Ulla and Pan, I just wish Ulla wasn’t so sensible. She has feelings for Pan but won’t act on them because she plans to leave Merellä, but he is clearly perfect for her. Enter Jem-Kruk, he is smarmy and flirty and chiselled and I am not here for a love triangle thank you very much. Its Pan or its nothing.

The Morning Flower sees Ulla finally get some answers about who she truly is. But in a cruel twist she is left with more questions than answers.

Well written and engaging from beginning to end, The Morning Flower was a great follow up book to The Lost City and I can’t wait for book 3!

Thank you to PanMacmillan for sending me a review copy. All thoughts are my own.

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Review: You Were Made For Me by Jenna Guillaume

Publishes on August 11th by Pan Macmillan Australia

I was delighted to receive a copy of Jenna Guillaumes’ second novel, You Were Made For Me. And rightly so! Immediately you are submersed into teenage angst, a protagonist and her best friend who are laugh-out-loud funny and that classic Guillaume writing style that is so easy to read.

You Were Made For Me is a light and fun read, it broaches subjects like bullying and family loss in a gentle way, as well as the dangers of social media. But at its heart it is a warm and fluffy novel about a girl who wants to be loved perfectly, and through her rose tinted glasses, she is blinded to what she already has.

I think I am a little too old to fully enjoy what creative genius this book is. 16 year old me would have loved this, would have read it over and over. The creative way it has Kate and Libby interjecting over the story breaks through the traditional style of wrtiting and makes it fun and feels more real. This will definitely be a hit for those on the younger side of the Young Adult age range.

Kate and Libby’s friendship is what gives this book its substance. It is warm and real. Libby’s sarcastic nature gives You Were Made For Me, the down to earth addition that it needs. And don’t even get me started on the spud that is Theo. He is kind and gentle and honest. He is literally the perfect boy next door.

You Were Made For Me is a heart warming, coming of age title, with some science stuff thrown in for good measure. We see Kate grow so much throughout this book and even though I saw the ending coming from the very first page, I still loved it and it was still adorable.

Thank you to Pan Macmillan for sending me a review copy of this title. All thoughts are my own.

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Review: The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson

Published by Allen and Unwin, 4th August, 2020

Gripping and thought provoking from the first page, The Erasure Initiative, will have you on the edge of your seat, determined to find the answers to all of Cecilys questions.

Lili Wilkinson has a way of writing that gives you just enough information to keep you hooked. It is suspenseful and clever. Wilkinson presents us with an endless stream of ethical and moral dilemmas, she makes us question ourselves as well as the characters. It is psychologically gripping.

The Erasure Initiative, keeps you on he edge of your seat, keeps your brain running at a million miles an hour trying to work out what is happening and who is telling the truth. These characters are so complex and throw in the added idea of them having their memories wiped, it adds a layer of unknowing, there is no predictability to them at all.

The ending was bitter sweet. Yes we get to see what is truly behind The Erasure Initiative, the technology and the person behind it. And we get to see Cecily stay true to herself and finally be happy. But it is done in such a way that the reader will forever be guessing, wondering if Cecily made it to her beachside cottage.

The ending was a little anti-climactic. It was evident, pretty early on that none of them were making it off of that island in one piece. I felt as though there was a build up, just for it to all fall apart. Like we were encouraged to think our protagonists might stand a chance. Which is amazing writing on Wilkinsons’ part, but devastating for the reader.

Fast paced and a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire book. Characters, so complex you won’t know if you love or hate them and an original concept done with incredible flair for psychological thrilling. The Erasure Initiative is a must read.

Thank you so much to the team at Allen & Unwin for sending me out a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Review: Secrets of The Witch

Published 4th August, 2020 by Allen & Unwin

Secrets of the Witch is elegant and enchanting. From the first page we are treated to stunning illustrations and diagrams that immediately draw you into the text.

“Magic is Magic and the only difference (between white and black magic) lies within our intentions and how we choose to use it” p13

Filled to the brim with historical witchiness and definitions, Secrets of The Witch is easy to read and to understand. I love that this book covers the impact of Christianity on magical perceptions and how it has changed the modern view on practicing witchcraft.

From Wicca to Druids, this book has everything for the budding witch or the curious. It is so easy to read and to understand, even though it reads as a history textbook. It makes learning about magical history fun.

The Practical Magic section of this title is incredible. With the medicinal properties of common plants, crystals and their uses, talismans and pendulums.

This was an eye opening, refreshing read. It is written using modern language, making the history of witches and their craft, more accessable to a new generation. The illustrations are haunting and you will lose yourself in their beauty.

Secrets of the Witch is beautifully written and put together. Thank you to Allen and Unwin for sending me out a review copy of this title. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Review: The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff

Publishing by Bloomsbury 4th August, 2020

Synopsis:

Everyone talks about falling in love like it’s the most miraculous, life changing thing in the world. Something happened, they say, and you know…

That’s what happened when I met Kit Godden. I looked into his eyes and I knew.

Only everyone else knew too. Everyone else felt exactly the same way.

Review:

The Great Godden is whimsical and nostalgic. It exudes warmth and fun and family. From the first page you are wrapped up in a typical family holiday, shown the amazing beach house and thrown into a whirlwind summer holiday.

The pages turn with ease due to a writing style that is loose and relaxed. Spending a summer with this family was fantastic. It felt like a true family holiday with all of the drama that goes with it.

There were endless complex characters, each with their own flaws, issues and perfections. Each one adding to the story which revolves around the mysterious Godden brothers.

Kit Godden is a bit of an enigma, a free spirit. Someone who lives for the now and feels in the now. I think we all know someone like Kit. But for all of his freedoms, he is a sad and lonely boy, trying to make up for the lack of love he got from an absentee mother.

We are never explicitly told about our protagonist. Their name, age, gender, it is all up to the readers imagination. I love this aspect of the book. It didn’t matter that we weren’t told explicitly. The book didn’t revolve around he or she, it revolved around our protagonists experiences, feelings and family.

I devoured this book, it was so easy to read and to lose yourself in. It maked me yearn to rent a beach house for the summer, to be near the beach.

Thank you so much to the team at Bloomsbury for sending me a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.