Wednesday, 31 August 2016

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee

The Thousandth FloorTitle: The Thousandth Floor
Series: The Thousandth Floor #1
Author: Katherine McGee
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 338 Pages, Hardcover
Publication: August 30th 2016, HarperCollins
Source: Thank you to LoveReading4Kids and HarperCollins for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!
Rating: 3.5/5 Cupcakes!
New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.
Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.
A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.
Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.
Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.
Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?
Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.
And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.
Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall…. 

When I was offered to review The Thousandth Floor, I immediately jumped at the opportunity! After having seen the book circling around the blogosphere my interest was piqued and I knew I needed it in my life. A futuristic New York City that occupies a building combined with the lifestyle of the rich and the beautiful and the scandalous secrets that they keep, well, it sounded like a book that I would absolutely adore. And although there were moments that had my heart racing and my fingers turning the pages at lightning speed, there were also moments that had me putting the book down with no immediate desire to pick it back up.

The Thousandth Floor has five point of views, which may seem like a lot but none of the characters blur together and they each have their own distinct personality and I never found myself confused, which is a plus. The problem with having a lot of POVs is that there is often a character that the reader doesn't like and it can be torturous reading from their perspective as we just can't bring ourselves to care about them. I never felt that way whilst reading the book but I think that may be due to the fact that I didn't really care about any of the characters all that much. I never felt truly connected to them and in order for me to fully enjoy a book I need to be connected to the characters. All the characters were morally grey, all were hiding secrets that could very well consume them, all were on the verge of destroying themselves and their reputation to the point of no recovery which made for an interesting read but quite surprisingly, not a very emotional read.

Avery started out as my favourite character as she wasn't as vindictive or shallow as the other characters. But after discovering her secret I'm not entirely sure how I feel about her because...ew. Despite that though, I still liked her – she was a good person, a good friend and loyal and I admired her had good qualities.

Throughout the novel my perception and fondness of the characters were always fluctuationg and Leda was a the character that elicited the most varying emotions from me. At first I liked her, she'd had a troubled past involving broken hearts and destructive addictions and I wanted the best for her, I truly did. We're first acquainted with Leda after her return home from a stint in rehab so I was rooting for her constantly, hoping that she could keep her demons at bay. But by the end of the book I strongly, very strongly, disliked her. She's manipulative, cruel and selfish and just a terrible person, really.

Eris evoked the complete opposite emotions from me compared to that of Leda. I went from disliking her as she was quite shallow and superficial but by the end, I had grown to like her. I felt like she underwent some character growth and she became more open-minded and genuine and by the end of the novel I definitely liked her more than the other characters.

I'm still on the fence about how I feel about Rylin. I admired her for working and trying to keep a roof over her and her little sister's head but I didn't like her penchant for drug abuse, partying and getting involved with illegal happenings. I never really felt like I got to know Rylin and her character didn't add much to the story.

The last character is Watt and, come to think of it, I quite liked Watt. He wasn't shallow and cruel like the girls could be. He too was far from perfection though but I appreciated his strong work ethic and his deep motivation to get into a good college as well as his desire to work so that he could pay for some of his siblings' clothing items and his education – even though he didn't earn it in the most honest of ways. He was loyal and quite kind, probably the most likable character in the book.

The relationships in this book are, for want of better words, messed up. They're dysfunctional, unrealistic and – in terms of the way they are written – not very evocative. I never felt a deep connection between any of the characters whose relationships should've elicited some kind of emotional response from me. I didn't feel any of the friendships between the girls, nor the romance between certain characters – at times it felt similar to watching two cardboard boxes interacting – dull and emotionless. I also had a problem with the way adoption/biological and non-biological families were represented in this book which I shall rant about below. However, they are spoilery so highlight if you want to read about that. 


*SPOILER BEGINS*

1. Eris and her dad
Eris has spent the past 18 years of her life believing that Everett is her father when SURPRISE, it turns out that he's not her biological father. Upon finding this out, Eris stops calling him her dad whenever she thinks of him/speaks of him and instead calls him by his first name. Then, Eris' dad cuts off all contact from Eris, he wants nothing to do with her and he can barely look her in the eye. I can only imagine how devastating it would be for both the parent and child to find this out but surely it wouldn't erase the past 18 years spent together? Everett clearly adored Eris and I just can't comprehend that his feelings towards her would alter so drastically and that he'd want nothing to do with her? If you love someone you won't dismiss them like that, surely? Also, I didn't understand Eris' problem with calling him – or even referring to him – as her dad. He was still her dad, maybe not biologically but eighteen years – you can't and wouldn't want to erase that, would you?

2. Avery and Atlas
Nope nope nope nope. The relationship felt way too incestuous. Sure, they weren't strictly related but their parents adopted Atlas when he was 7 and Avery was 5 so they've been siblings for years and if you're adopted, you're family, no matter if someone says otherwise. Maybe if they were step-siblings and had just met each other I wouldn't be as disgusted but seriously, it just felt gross and wrong and I can't get on board with it.


                                                                         *SPOILER BEGINS*

The plot was okay. The book started out intriguing, but after the first chapter it stalled and it lacked that “kick”that initially drew me in. I'll be completely honest, this book bored me for the majority of it and I never had an urge to pick it up after putting it down. It also felt unnecessarily long as there was a lot of pettiness and relationship drama. However, the past 140 pages or so, the lies started tripping themselves up, the secrets became deathly and the characters became reckless and ruthless and things got intense quickly and despite not loving this book my interest in it has been piqued again because those last few chapters were intense, bruh.

However, there were some things I liked! I loved how unique this book was – New York City contained in a building? I thought that was incredibly fascinating as it's something I've never encountered before. I also enjoyed reading about the technology if the 22nd century. I appreciated that although this book was set in the future it didn't contain a corrupt government or technology that was destroying the human race, like many books that incorporate futuristic technology do.

The Thousandth Floor had an intriguing premise but unfortunately it didn't meet my sky-high (ha...almost a pun) expectations. Although I never really found myself fully immersed, or connected to the relationships or the characters, I will be reading the next book as the lies, betrayal and dark secrets that threaten to engulf the characters' has me incredibly intrigued to see how things turn out. I loved the unique setting of futuristic New York, the detailed descriptions of mind-blowing technology and the scandalous secrets that threatened to consume the beautifully deceptive and deeply flawed characters. Fragile lives, luscious lies and deceit makes this a read that by the end of the book will have you wanting more!

If you have a tendency to fall in love with books that lift the corner of the glittering fa├žade of the rich and the famous to reveal the darkest of secrets and the cruelest of betrayals then this book is for you!

I give it: 3.5/5 cupcakes!

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Bout of Books 17.0 Wrap-Up!

Bout of Books


Well, I didn't do as well as I could have but I'm proud of what I did manage achieve! I hit a mild reading slump in the middle of the week *cries* so despite wanting to read...I also didn't want to read. Sad, sad times. However, I did manage to read 3 books and 2 of them I really enjoyed!
Super AwkwardThe Thousandth FloorBad Luck (Bad, #2)

Monday: 
Pages read: 72 pages 
Books read: 0
Pages read total: 72
Books read total: 0

Tuesday:
Pages read: 236 pages 
Books read: 1
Pages read total: 309
Books read total: 1

Wednesday:
Pages read: 161
Books read: 0
Pages read total: 470
Books read total: 1

Thursday:
Pages read: 123
Books read: 1
Pages read total: 593
Books read total: 2

Friday:
Zero. I went to friends so I didn't really have time to read!

Saturday:
Pages read: 304
Books read: 0...but very nearly finished my book
Pages read total: 897
Books read total: 2

Sunday:
Pages read: 105
Books read: 1
Pages read total: 1002
Books read total: 3

So I didn't achieve my goal of reading 4 books but I did read 100 pages or more on most days so I'm happy with that! 

How did your Bout of Books go and did you achieve your goals? Let me know!
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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Bout of Books 17.0 - Day 4, 5 and 6 Update!

Bout of Books

Monday: 
Pages read: 72 pages 
Books read: 0
Pages read total: 72
Books read total: 0

Tuesday:
Pages read: 236 pages 
Books read: 1
Pages read total: 309
Books read total: 1

Wednesday:
Pages read: 161
Books read: 0
Pages read total: 470
Books read total: 1

Thursday:
Pages read: 123
Books read: 1
Pages read total: 593
Books read total: 2

Friday:
Zero. I went to friends so I didn't really have time to read!

Saturday:
Pages read: 304
Books read: 0...but very nearly finished my book
Pages read total: 897
Books read total: 2

So, I have done terribly at this Bout of Books because I've felt as if I'm on the verge of a reading slump and it's SO FRUSTRATING. UGH. However, I picked up Super Awkward by Beth Garrod yesterday and I have 100 pages left - it's most definitely brought me out of any slump that may have thought of occurring! YAS.

How is your Bout of Books going?
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Friday, 26 August 2016

Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride and Prejudice by Natasha Farrant was whimsical and enchanting!

Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride and Prejudice
Title: Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride and Prejudice
Series: N/A
Author: Natasha Farrant
Publication: September 1st 2016, Chicken House
Pages: 352 pages, Paperback
Source: Thank you to LoveReading4Kids and Chicken House for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!
Rating: 4/5 CUPCAKES!
A spirited, witty and fresh reimagining of Jane Austen's Prid eand Prejudice! Lydia is the youngest Bennet sister and she's sick of country life - instead of sewing and reading, she longs for adventure. When a red-coated garrison arrives in Merryton, Lydia's life turns upside down. As she falls for dashing Wickham, she's swept into a whirlwind social circle and deposited in a seaside town, Brighton. Sea-bathing, promenades and scandal await - and a pair of intriguing twins. Can Lydia find out what she really wants - and can she get it?


I'm probably going to shock a lot of you by admitting that I've never read Pride and Prejudice and I'm not really a fan of Jane Austen's writing (I've read Northanger Abbey and 60+ pages of Emma but I just don't feel it), however, after reading this vibrant and whimsical retelling of  the youngest Bennett sister, I'm utterly desperate to give Pride and Prejudice a go!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - more even than I thought I would! I read it in a couple of sittings and once I reached the last page I let out an audible "Awww, it's finished!". It's such a lighthearted, fanciful read and I would absolutely love it if the author decided to write more books from Lydia's perspective -or from the other Bennett sisters' point of views!

Based off of this book alone (as I know nothing about Pride and Prejudice except that Mr. Darcy is THE book boyfriend of all book boyfriends) I can safely say I really adored them - especially Lydia! She's determined, she's witty, she's comical and her vivacious spirit radiated from the pages. I would love to read more books from her perspective! I liked Wickham for most of the book as well, his snark and teasing combined with Lydia's spunk made me laugh out loud several times but unfortunately, I couldn't love him completely due to him being quite greedy and manipulative. I also grew quite fond of Alaric (who, after Googling, I think is an original character to this novel - correct me if I'm wrong!), the French count who woos Lydia and I completely 100% shipped with Lydia. He was so sweet and bookish but I'm quite frustrated with him and if you read this book (which you should) you will find out why. I also loved each of the Bennett sisters and I found myself chuckling several times throughout as I read about their interactions with Lydia, which often left them feeling quite exasperated and had me feeling quite amused! My only complaint for the entire book though is that I didn't feel as connected to all the characters but other than that I LOVED EVERYTHING.

Another thing I loved about this book was how it transported me back in time. How it took me to balls and carriages, to the countryside and Brighton beach in the 1800s. I loved how this book perfectly captured a different era and I felt as if I was roaming the streets with a bonnet and parasol, alongside the characters.

The writing was excellent too! I have always been a fan of books written in diary format and reading Lydia just made me realise why I fell in love with that kind of style in the first place. I love the humorous, honest and heart-warming thoughts that tumble out of the character's head and onto the page. It made me feel as if I was being confided in, as if Lydia and I had become the greatest of friends and she trusted me enough to pour her heart out. I definitely think readers will form a deep connection to her character as they read this book - I know I did! 

The plot was entertaining as well and I ended up reading this book in a few sittings which rarely ever happens when I read a book! I think the reason I generally struggle with Jane Austen's books is because I find them quite dull but whilst reading this, I found it to be the exact opposite! The story seemed to be alive. The balls were glamorous, the seaside visit was intriguing and everything that occurred just seemed so exhilarating!

Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride and Prejudice is an utterly delightful read, filled with vivacious characters, dashing suitors and daring escapades. It's a charming, whimsical novel that you NEED to have on your summer reading list!

I give it: 4/5 CUPCAKES!

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

In which I challenge myself to step outside of my (bookish) comfort zone


I don't ever step outside my comfort. Okay, I sometimes do. But very rarely. I am an anxious peanut and I like the known, I like the familiar. I have been an avid reader and keen eater of books for the past 12 years of my life and I have read many books so I generally know which books will have me flailing and screeching I LOVE THIS BOOK and which books will have me wanting to throw them against a wall. I know I love YA fiction. I know that I love contemporaries, urban fantasies and paranormal fantasies. I do a brilliant job of avoiding adult fiction, high fantasies, thrillers and weirdly, sci-fi (even though I'm obsessed with space. I don't get me either, don't worry.). BUT what happens when you *shock horror* stumble upon a book that isn't in your genre...and you actually end up liking it or, even more bizarrely, loving it? 


NOW WHAT?! HOW CAN THIS BE?! And most worrying of all, how many potential favourite books have we missed out on because we haven't wanted to venture out of our comfort zone? That, my friends, is one heck of a sobering thought which has led me to challenge myself to read books that aren't in my normal genres. To read adult fiction if it sounds interesting, to try that thriller that everybody is raving about...to widen my search for my next favourite book.

Recently I've been reading out of my comfort zone, not massively outside of it, but slightly and I've been loving said books. This has made me incredibly eager to start reading books I wouldn't have considered reading before.


It all started when I was at the library and I saw a book on the shelf that I'd never seen around the blogosphere and never heard of before. The book had an eye-catching cover (I hate to admit it but a pretty cover is the first thing that draws my attention!) and when I read the synopsis I was like “Ooh, this sounds good. It's sci-fi though and I'm not the biggest fan of sci-fi books but...I think I'll give it a go. What's the harm, right?” I took the book home, sped through it and fell completely and utterly in love. I wandered outside my comfort zone...and I found a new favourite trilogy (The Chronicles of the Invaders by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard, if you were wondering). I did the same thing when my dad bought a Nick Hornby book and he said it was good. I thought “Hmm, this looks interesting. Not my general genre but there's nothing to lose, right?” and although it didn't end up being a favourite, I had a good time reading it. Last example: I don't read as many middle-grade/”children's” fiction even though whenever I do I really enjoy them. The past two weeks I've read two middle-grade novels (Bad Magic and Bad Luck by Pseudonymous Bosch) and I loved them so much and I felt like I was falling in love with reading all over again. It made me want to go to the children's section of the library and take out books that I know I would've chosen to read when I was a younger reader.

Because of all the amazing books I've read that aren't what I typically read I've decided I want to read more books in genres that I generally steer clear from. I probably won't buy or request books in a genre that I'm still slightly wary of but, as you probably know by now, I'm a HUGE fan of the library and I'm going to make more of an effort to read books that are thrillers, books that are sci-fi, books that are high fantasy, books that scare me. Why? Because I could find a new favourite, and that's a wonderful thought.


So tell me! Do you ever wander outside your comfort zone? Do you have a comfort zone or are you one of those people I highly admire that can read a book in any genre? Which book have you read that you wouldn't generally read and you ended up loving?
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Bout of Books 17.0 - Day 2 & Day 3 Update

Bout of Books

Monday: 
Pages read: 72 pages 
Books read: 0
Pages read total: 72
Books read total: 0

Tuesday:
Pages read: 236 pages 
Books read: 1
Pages read total: 309
Books read total: 1

Wednesday:
Pages read: 161
Books read: 0
Pages read total: 470
Books read total: 1

Well...not my best but I still have a few more days to raise that page count!
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Is Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch a new favourite? I THINK YES.


Bad MagicTitle: Bad Magic
Series: Bad #1
Author: Pseudonymous Bosch
Genre: Middle-Grade, Fantasy
Publication: September 1st 2014, Usborne Publishing
Pages: 384 Pages, Paperback
Source: Thank you to Usborne Publishing for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!
Rating: 5/5 Cupcakes!
This book is incredibly BAD. It does not contain MAGIC. Or a mysterious ghost girl. Or spontaneous combustion. Or Spanish-speaking llamas.
Nope. None of these things.
Okay... maybe one of these things. But certainly not MAGIC.
It’s just an ordinary tale of a normal boy who goes to summer camp on a desert island. Nothing exciting or weird happens. The camp is definitely NOT for crazy, badly-behaved kids, and there are NO SECRETS or MYSTERIES at all.
And absolutely NO MAGIC whatsoever... 

You know when you pick up a book and you start reading it and you feel as if the book is a vortex, ensnaring you and never relinquishing control? When you feel as if you're living and breathing the words, the story and the characters? You know, the most magical feeling ever? That's how I felt whilst reading this book. It drew me in from the first page, it gave me a whirlwind adventure, it made my imagination soar and it made me fall in love with reading all over again. I'm not sure why I was so hesitant to pick this book up as I loved the author's other books which I read when I was around 12/13, but I'm so incredibly happy that I finally read Bad Magic as it set my imagination free, allowed me to think the impossible, it reminded me why I fell in love with reading in the first place...it can only be what you would call magic.

The thing that made me first fall in love with this book is the plot. Guys. The plot, it was brilliant. Summer camp, eerie happenings, ghost girls, survival training, volcanoes and magic this book was so much fun to read and I haven't felt as immersed, as transported, as I did whilst reading this book in quite a long time. I loved the sheer excitement and how completely riveted I was during the entire book. This book feels like magic and surely it is? It takes such a very special book to paint such a vivid, brilliant image in my head. Reading this book might be the most fun I've had in a while, just saying.

miranda such fun

I loved the characters and becoming acquainted with them made me realise just how much I love reading middle-grade books, something I haven't done in a while. The characters were so fun, imaginative and optimistic and possessed characteristics that only children can really have. After having a day filled with physics, maths, exam results and anxiety it was so refreshing diving into a book rife with magic and adventure. It took me back to being twelve years old (the age I was when I first read a PB book) and that was such a lovely feeling – free-falling into my childhood.

Clay, Max-Ernest's younger brother (MAX-ERNEST IS FROM THE FIRST SERIES. MY FANGIRL HEART EXPLODED) is such an incredible kid and I immediately clicked with his character. He's confused and lost and slightly angry at the world because of his brother's sudden disappearance, but he's also so brave, clever and kind. A very lovable protagonist! I adored all the other characters as well; Kwan, Pablo, Jonah, Leira, Mira...they were all wonderful and had unique voices and distinct personalities.

The writing was stellar too. Pseudonymous Bosch is such an excellent writer – he crafts magic, with words as his medium. His books are always vibrant and entrancing and I think a lot of that is due to his brilliant writing. It's comical, it's descriptive, it's witty and captivating and just perfect, basically. I still can't believe that I didn't read this book sooner but I'm so glad that I finally did as it reminded me why he secured a place on my favourite authors list all those years ago.

Bad Magic was a book that completely blew me away. Filled with magical adventures, tropical islands, ghosts and bad words, Bad Magic is an enthralling, captivating read that is simply magical. Read this book, it's splendidly bewitching.

I give it: 5/5 cupcakes!

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Bout of Books 17.0 - Day 1 Update!

Bout of Books

Update:
I didn't read that much yesterday as I was catching up on Blogging and I skyped my best friend from South Africa for most of the day but I did sneak some reading in before I went to bed and I managed to read 73 pages of Bad Luck by Pseudonymous Bosch, a minuscule amount but I'm happy to announce that day 2 is going much better! I felt like I was slipping into a reading slump yesterday BUT THEN this morning I picked up my copy of The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee and I'm really enjoying it! It reminds me a lot of Unrivalled by Alyson Noel which is one of my top reads of 2016, so hopefully this will be a new favourite too!


How did your first day of Bout of Books go? Let me know!
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Monday, 22 August 2016

Bout of Books 17.0 TBR Pile! - Time to read ALL THE BOOKS

Bout of Books

IT'S TIME AGAIN FOR MY FAVOURITE EVER READATHON!!!

When I was busy scheduling my holidays in, I made this week free of school so I could read, read, read to my heart's content so I should get a lot of reading done!

I have a lot of ARCs to read for September and October so I'm mainly going to be focusing on those but I may slip in a couple of library books in as well. I'm a total mood reader though so we'll see how it goes!


SO, THE BOOKS I HOPE TO READ ARE:


An over-ambitious little peanut, is I. I don't know if I'll be able to read all these books as I'm a slow reader but I SHALL TRY. I'm currently halfway through Bad Luck so I should be able to finish that today! I need to read and review The Thousandth Floor asap as the publication date is pretty soon so I'll probably read that next and then Super Awkward followed by the other two! These books all sound so fantastic and I can't wait to read them.

My Goals:
1. Read at least 100 pages a day
2. Read 4 books
3. Buuuuut I'd like to read all of them. COME ON KYRA, YOU CAN DO THIS.

So! Those are the books I'm hoping to read this week? Are you participating? If so, leave me a link so I can checkout what you're hoping to read!
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Review for Dominion by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard: In which I screech at you to read this epic sci-fi trilogy IMMEDIATELY

Dominion (The Chronicles of the Invaders, #3)
Title: Dominion
Series: The Chronicles of the Invaders #3
Authors: John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi
Publication: February 25th 2016, Headline
Pages: 464 Pages, Hardback
Source: Thank you so much to Headline for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!
DOMINION is the epic follow-up to CONQUEST and EMPIRE in the Chronicles of the Invaders series by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard. Fans of Pittacus Lore and Veronica Roth will be entranced.
They have cheated death.
Defied their people.
Changed beyond recognition.
Their love has survived the impossible.
But now they must learn to trust again:the future of their worlds depends on it.

You know what's one of the best feelings in the world? Picking a book up completely by chance, knowing absolutely nothing about it and falling irrevocably in love with it. Finding the kind of book that makes you laugh and cry, a book that transports you to such an extent that when you emerge from the pages, it takes you a few seconds to realise where you are and who you are. The Chronicles of the Invaders is that kind of book. I can't even begin to express how much I loved this trilogy but fear not, I shall screech at you in capitals and convey my adoration in GIFs. You're welcome.

The Chronicles of the Invaders series is an epic trilogy about love, death, sacrifice and betrayal that will blow your mind.


Earth has been conquered by an alien race called the Illyri and as expected, humans haven't taken to their new neighbours all that well. They're killing the Illyria who have attempted to conquer peacefully, the Illyri are killing the humans that are fighting against them and humans are killing humans and it's not a very happy situation. Our two main characters are Syl Hellais and Paul Kerr, the former being an Illyri governor’s daughter and the the latter being a soldier in the resistance. Meeting by chance in the city of Edinburgh, the two strike up an unlikely friendship that transforms into something else. HOWEVER, The Chronicles of the Invaders is unlike most YA series in the sense that it doesn't focus solely on the romance. YES! THAT'S RIGHT. Even though there's an adorable ship who go through incredible sacrifices and hardships for the other, there's all these intricate sub-plots weaved throughout the books. There's murders and dark secrets that are trying their best to be kept hidden, there's evil lurking in the background that I felt with an absolute certainty was going to annihilate many of the characters and the world of which I had grown to love. There are many characters, all complex, all hiding secrets, all with morals of varying shades of grey, all with intertwining story lines that provide a breathtaking tale. So much happens in this trilogy that will have you screaming “NOOO!” at your book, that will have you smiling and sobbing and clapping your hand over your mouth as another plot twist hits you like a ton of bricks – I haven't felt this emotionally invested in a series in a long time. AND EVEN THOUGH IT BROKE MY HEART IT WAS WONDERFUL.

johnny depp alice in wonderland mad hatter im fine


One of the things I love most about this trilogy is the characters and their vast development over the three books. I feel like I've grown alongside them, I've seen them mature from innocent teenagers to adults that have endured hardships that have broken both our hearts, that have had to do things that have shattered them and shaped them into people they never thought they'd be and who have become so wise due to all of the pain they've experienced. I loved all the characters so much and even the villains who were brilliantly cruel were crafted so magnificently that I found myself fascinated by them too. I absolutely loved brave Syl who always fought for justice and even though she held all this power, she never let it have an adverse effect on her. There was Paul who was SO ADORABLE and also so brave, clever and such a brilliant leader and AH I LOVED HIM SO MUCH. Then there was courageous, fierce Rizzo who despite having a love of blowing things up, was actually just a lovable marshmallow, kind and determined Ani, Thula who was SO FUNNY AND I LOVED HIM SO MUCH, Meia (I LOVED MEIA TOO. SO FIERCE. SO RESOLUTE.), Steven (my adorable, brave squishy), Alis (loved her too), Lord Andrus (LOVED HIM MUCHLY TOO)...and basically all the characters! THEY'RE SUCH BEAUTIFUL, COMPLEX LITTLE BEINGS.

Disney hug friend friendship big hero 6

I ADORED the relationships in this book as well! They were so intricate and so genuine and they made my heart dance with happiness on more than one occasion. Be it the sweet romance between Paul and Syl, the strong and often complicated friendship between Syl and Ani, the adorable relationship between Paul and Steven, the friendship between Paul and Thula...all the relationships were written so well and my heartstrings were thoroughly tugged on throughout the series.

The plot and writing in this trilogy is just...flawless. Utterly magical. I can't remember the last time I read a series that played out so brilliantly like a movie or TV series in my head and it was so incredibly exhilarating the way the story was told. I loved all the different plots that came together in an explosive manner, I loved how I felt as if I was looking down on this world and like I was able to see – and be apart of – every single thing that was going on. In one chapter I was shown what the enemies were planning, in another I was able to view love unfolding between species that were supposed to despise each other, in another I was looking in on a private matter discussing politics and wars and thinking “Oh dear, shiz is about to go down.” And it was just so incredible the way John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard told the story, like I just felt so involved in all the characters' lives and all that was going on – it was utterly amazing.

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So, if you haven't been persuaded, let me sum it up for you:
    1. An absolutely fantastic cast of characters who you will totally fall in love with. Characters who will break your heart and then make you smile and then break your heart again. YOU KNOW YOU LOVE IT.
    2. I don't think I mentioned this but THE DIALOGUE. IT'S WITTY, IT'S SNARKY, IT'S ALL KINDS OF GLORIOUS.
    3. The romance is sweet and doesn't take over the whole series. There's murders to be solved and planets to be saved and THERE'S SO MUCH GOING ON IT'S AWESOME.
    4. As mentioned above, the plot is seriously riveting like I can't even count the amount of times where I was so absorbed in the book that I completely lost track of time because it was so intense and so much happens and I was terrified for my poor little noodles and I needed to know if they were going to be okay. When you read these books, make sure you have nothing else to do because you won't want to put them down. I speak from experience.
    5. Futuristic earth! Space! Planets! Aliens! IT WAS A WHIRLWIND, I TELL YA.
    6. EVERYTHING IS PERFECT.
The Chronicles of the Invaders trilogy has stellar writing, a dazzling cast of characters and an explosive plot, it's a trilogy that I love with the fire of a thousand suns and I highly recommend you read it too so you can fall in love with it, just as I have.

I give it: 5/5 cupcakes!
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