Genre: Young Adult

Review: Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Review: Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone is a complex fantasy novel, in which one people fight their way to win magic back in order to stay alive. There is a corrupt and vicious king, a credulous young prince, a very strong young woman, and a lot of action. Story: Children of Blood and Bone managed to tell a compelling story, build a complex world, and include magic that was quite different from other stories I’ve read. There was a dictatorial king, and he would kill the smallest flutter of magic he could find – to keep his people safe, or so he said. Zélie was learning to fight, to survive, to keep the former magic users – dîviners – safe. And […]

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Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes – C.G. Drews

Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes – C.G. Drews

A Thousand Perfect Notes is such a dark tale, where, at the beginning, there seems to be no hope. Then August enters Beck’s life and shows him that there is more. And wanting more can be dangerous… Story: While there is definitely a lot of darkness in A Thousand Perfect Notes – especially for Beck – there is also music, love, tenderness, and a tiny slice of hope. Because of health problems, Beck’s mother had to stop playing the piano. And so, she put all of her own hopes and dreams on her son. She fled the continent and installed her little family of tree – plus an extravagant piano – at the opposite side of the world. Because Beck’s […]

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Series Review: The Illuminae Files – Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

Series Review: The Illuminae Files – Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

Beware readers! I am reviewing all three books in one go. There may be spoilers from books 1 and 2 in the review of book 3.  When Illuminae was first released, it was one of those immense buzz-books from the get-go. Remember? I was excited about it, too, and I bought the book as soon as was possible. Then, I left it on my shelf. Until I went to BEA in 2016, where I got an advanced copy of Gemina… which I also put on my shelf once I returned home. See a pattern here? The books appealed to me, but I just kind of didn’t get to them. Until one of my favorite authors told me that her co-author […]

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Review: The Heart Forger – Rin Chupeco

Review: The Heart Forger – Rin Chupeco

The Heart Forger is an amazing fantasy story, and I have to say I’m surprised by how much I loved it! Story: I was so curious about The Heart Forger, even if I didn’t fall in love with The Bone Witch, I was very curious as to what would happen in this second installment. And I was wowed! Tea has grown so much as a character, and the pace was much better. There was a lot of action, through flashbacks, and the tale the Bard told as it was shown to him by Tea. There were many surprises, and the ending left me completely out of breath! I need more, and I need it now. In The Heart Forger, Tea […]

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Review: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Review: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of the best YA books ever! I loved all the characters, they were so realistic. And I loved the dilemmas Simon and Blue faced with realizing they were gay. This is a book I’m getting for the library at the school where I teach, I think every teenager should read it. Story: I don’t think there’s much I can say about Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda that hasn’t been said before. Simon is just the perfect character in a young adult story. He’s a little awkward. A little obsessed with himself and his own problems – even if he loves his friends and his family. And he’s more than a little […]

Posted 21 February, 2018 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews in Reviews / 24 Comments
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Review: Before I Let Go – Marieke Nijkamp

Review: Before I Let Go – Marieke Nijkamp

Before I Let Go is a very strange story – dealing with grief, a touch of something maybe paranormal, and friendship. Story: Corey is just getting ready to go back home, to her small town in Alaska to see her best friend. However, her friend isn’t around to be seen anymore. Kyra dies before Corey makes it back, and Before I Let Go shows all the different emotions Corey goes through. She feels a lot of guilt, because she hasn’t written to Kyra as often as she had said she would. She is also very sad. And a bit angry. And most of all, she just can’t understand how Kyra could have died that way. Once Corey arrives in Lost […]

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Review: Select – Marit Weisenberg

Review: Select – Marit Weisenberg

Select is an original story about a people that is more evolved than the rest of us. It involves how difficult it can be to fit in, and how not to make the general population know too much. Story: Julia and her family, and the other Select are hiding in plain sight. But they know they don’t have long before they have to move once more. In the past, this people was in hiding as tribes in the Amazon jungle, or far away from civilization. Now, they live in the city, but in the best part of it. Only, Julia’s father, their leader, has started to make some changes. These changes involves Julia and other youths not having the right […]

Posted 13 December, 2017 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews in Reviews / 7 Comments
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Review: Blood and Ink – Stephen Davies

Review: Blood and Ink – Stephen Davies

Blood and Ink mesmerised me! Very well done, mixing actual events and fiction, showing the differences in muslim faiths, how some are stricter than others, and what was done by a people to rise against their oppressors. Story: I was transported by Blood and Ink, through the way it unfolded two sides of a story. How it showed two sides of a war. Two sides of a religion. How good and bad can be blurred, and how difficult it is to change sides once a stance is taken. Because the story is based on true events, I think it was very realistic. Even ficionalised history can be well done, and I found the way everything unfolded to be enlightening. Taking […]

Posted 6 September, 2017 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews in Reviews / 18 Comments
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Review: Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

Review: Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything is quite beautifully written, but there were some things that I guessed when I was only a few pages in… and that kind of spoiled me – just like Madeline’s spoiler reviews. Story: Madeline has lived apart from the world for as long as she can remember. Her dad and her brother died in a car accident when she was young, so it’s just her, her mom and Carla. When the new neighbours move in, Madeline starts observing them, and she quickly realizes that the dad is abusive, the two teen-aged children are angry, and the mom is trying to keep the peace. Madeline spent most of her time reading – and writing spoiler reviews. Beware – if […]

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Review: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful – Eric Lindstrom

Review: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful – Eric Lindstrom

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful had my whole body in knots. Mel made my heart break so badly, and at the same time I’m so happy to have met her – to get a glimpse into how life might be for someone who suffers from bipolar disorder. Story: After a horrible shock, Mel became so sick she couldn’t go to school for several months. Afterwards, though, she never shared with her friends the actual reasons for not coming to school. She didn’t want anyone to think she was weird. Or different. Or someone they might not want to spend their time with – so she stayed away from them instead. She got new friends, though and that works well for […]

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