REVIEW: Perfect by Cecelia Ahern (Flawed #2)

perfectTitle: Perfect by Cecelia Ahern
Pages: 432
Published by: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Publication date: 6 April 2017
Genre: Dystopian
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed, Celestine’s life has fractured completely –  all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan declared her the number-one threat to the public, she has been on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, she must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed…

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REVIEW: Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume

Ewan Pendle and the White WraithTitle: Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume
Pages: 499
Published by: Popcorn & Rice Publishing
Publication date: 31st July 2013
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eBook
Amazon UK

Synopsis:

Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal …

Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real ‘Creatures’ which inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like Ewan, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.

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ARC REVIEW: The Vinyl Detective: The Run-Out Groove by Andrew Cartmel (The Vinyl Detective #2)

The Vinyl DetectiveTitle: The Vinyl Detective: The Run-Out Groove by Andrew Cartmel
Pages: 398
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 9th May 2017
Genre: Thrillers & Mystery
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

His first adventure consisted of the search for a rare record; his second the search for a lost child. Specifically the child of Valerian, lead singer of a great rock band of the 1960s, who hanged herself in mysterious circumstances after the boy’s abduction.

Along the way, the Vinyl Detective finds himself marked for death, at the wrong end of a shotgun, and unknowingly dosed with LSD as a prelude to being burned alive. And then there’s the grave robbing…

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REVIEW: The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel (The Vinyl Detective #1)

The Vinyl DetectiveTitle: The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel
Pages: 474
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 10th May 2016
Genre: Thrillers & Mystery
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

He is a record collector — a connoisseur of vinyl, hunting out rare and elusive LPs. Some end up on his turntable, some are sold at a handsome profit, and all sound a hell of a lot better than any digital recording.

His business card describes him as the “Vinyl Detective” and certain people take this more literally than others. Like the mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording — on behalf of a wealthy, shadowy and somewhat sinister client.

Given that he’s just about to run out of cat food, this gets our hero’s full attention. So begins a dangerous odyssey in search of the rarest jazz record of them all…

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ARC REVIEW: Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith

follow-me-down5.jpgTitle: Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith
Pages: 443
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 21st March 2017
Genre: Thrillers & Mystery
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

They say only the guilty run…

Mia never intended to go home again, but has no choice when her twin brother goes missing. Back to the people she left behind, the person she used to be, and the secrets she thought she’d buried.

Her brother Lucas, a popular teacher, has disappeared on the same day as the murdered body of one of his students was pulled from the river. Trying to wrap her head around the rumours of Lucas’s affair with the teenager, and unable to reconcile the media’s vicious portrayal of Lucas with her own memories of him, Mia is desperate to find another suspect.

All the while, she wonders, if he’s innocent, why did he run?

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REVIEW: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #1)

The raven boysTitle: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 419
Published by: Scholastic
Publication date: 19th September 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.

But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.

This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.

This is the year she will fall in love.

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REVIEW: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicle #1)

NevernightTitle: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Pages: 429
Published by: Harper Voyager
Publication date: 11th August 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Book Depository

Synopsis: 

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must became a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no ordinary school, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

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