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Reviewsday: Revived by Cat Patrick

"Revived, But Never Forgotten"

Now fifteen, Daisy has died and been Revived five times. Each death means a new name, a new city, a new identity. The only constant in Daisy's life is constant change.
Then Daisy meets Matt and Audrey McKean, charismatic siblings who quickly become her first real friends. But if she's ever to have a normal life, Daisy must escape from an experiment that's much larger--and more sinister--than she ever imagined.

9781921690631It's not often you get to read a book where the main character dies in the first two pages! Cat Patrick's second novel, Revived explores death in a completely original way. Daisy is the bi-product of a secret band of government and new generation drugs that can revive the dead – making the story feel like the magical baby of The Matrix crossed with Buffy. Could I make it sound more awesome?!

Daisy's sidekicks Matt and Audrey (read Xander and Willow), bring life to the novel – pun intended. The pair help to guide Daisy to uncovering the truth behind the horrible accident 11 years ago that saw her revival journey begin. Amongst the mystery and intrigue however, the pair manage to bring a great amount of humour into the book. They will have you smiling in no time!

Revived is an exciting novel that will keep readers hooked, but remember – when death is around every corner, not everyone can be revived. The novel explores bereavement and loss with the same painful precision that death hits anyone, but with a slight twist – it explores this in a world where the main character has never died and stayed dead...

-Amelia 

Reviewsday: Everyday by David Levithan

"The tenderness between two people can turn the air tender, the room tender, time itself tender. As I step out of bed and slip on an oversize shirt, everything around me feels like it's the temperature of happiness."

9781921922954Every day 'A' wakes up, and is someone else. A is A, but in someone else's body – a host. Each day goes by like the last, with A trying to decipher who they are for the day, and attempting to stay as unimportant in the host's life as possible... Any major disruption and the host would have lasting damage, one that A cannot fix, as A is gone from that person's life forever after. It has always been like this. A is quiet, does not make connections, tries to make as little waves as possible – until A is Rhiannon's boyfriend for a day...

Rhiannon makes A want something different – something permanent with warmth and connection.

I won't tell you how this book made me feel because it feels different for everyone. I won't tell you that David Levithan is a genius, because the premise of the book alone can tell you that... Everyday speaks for itself, through the journey of A. I will however, tell you to read it...

This is not my body, but it's the body she wants. I feel like a pretender... I never want to stay. I'm always ready to leave. But not tonight. Tonight I'm haunted by the fact that tomorrow he'll be here and I won't be. I want to stay. I pray to stay. I close my eyes and wish to stay.

~Amelia

Even Katniss didn’t get Slated!

Kyla is a terrorist – at least that's what the government has told her...

9781408319468Kyla's memory has been erased, her personality wiped clean and all of her past thoughts lost forever. By being Slated, the powers in charge have given Kyla a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But someone is lying to her. Echoes of her past whisper throughout her mind, and plague her... What if nothing is as it seems?

Teri Terry's Slated is one of the more original dystopian, young adult books available. The futuristic United Kingdom is actual realistic, and Terry has done an amazing job of convincing reader's just how, with terrifying ease, our world could change into Kyla's. The political elements are both insightful and interesting to read, as the underlying theme of unease weaves its way throughout the plot. Kyla and reader's alike are on the edge of their seat as the need to discover more of Kyla's past consumes the novel.

Slated is a must read for any of those who devoured The Hunger Games and Divergent. The first in the series, Slated is one of those books that completely takes you by surprise and will have you bashing down your nearest bookshop's doors to get the next instalment. Much like The Maze Runner, there is a hint at romance, but it does not overpower the story which makes for an enjoyable read.

Filled with twists and turns, intrigue and lies, Slated is one to add to your book list!

-Amelia

Throwback Thursday: ‘Forever’ – Judy Blume

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What do you do when the love of your life... isn't any more? Forever, The controversial, teen novel from Judy Blume, first published in 1975, answers that question with a simple and unflinching response – you move on.

This is a book about two 17-year-olds named Kath and Michael who meet, like each other, hook up, think they are in love and have sex. Kath then (very maturely) goes on the pill, their romance continues, they grow apart, and eventually fall prey to their misguided conceptions of what love is, forcing them to deal with what their relationship is once faced with reality. It's shallow, yes, because teens are usually pretty shallow. It's sexual, again, because teens are pretty sexual. It's also over rather quickly...like the majority of teenage relationships. But that is the beauty of the novel, why it was so relevant in the 70's and why it continues to be relevant now... It is realistic.

Blume expertly crafts the reality that the world doesn't end if your relationship with your first love does. She pin points that sex can be dangerous but also natural, and while you may love someone then, your whole life wont stop because you were wrong. There is no elaborate punishment of pregnancy or Kath being shipped off to live with her Aunt in France. It is a breath of fresh air, a book about real problems, and one of the most celebrated young adult novels for the past 40 years!

If you haven't already, pick up a copy of Judy Blume's Forever. If you're going through something similar now, or have in the past, feel connected and understand just how good it is to have loved and lost... and most importantly, survived.

-Amelia

Reviewsday: Chasers by James Phelan

9780733624797The trip of a lifetime just turned into the end of the world. When Jesse crawls out of the wreckage of a subway car and emerges into daylight, he’s greeted by a living nightmare. An unexplained force has destroyed New York City, turning skyscrapers into ash, cutting off all power and communication. Jesse and his new friends, Dave, Anna and Mini are dazed but unhurt. The other survivors are not so lucky. Every human being they encounter is infected, gripped by an unquenchable thirst that drives them to monstrous acts of violence. Somehow, Jesse has to escape. But first, he has to stay alive.

James Phelan begins his Alone series with a bang in this gripping, dystopian, survival novel that keeps it's readers on their toes right up to the last page. It is the first instalment in a brilliant trilogy, each novel as intriguing as the next. It all starts here...

Jesse is a storyteller, and he tells his story where he can, when he can and the best way he knows how... When you're on the run and fearing for your life, what else can you do but fight until the very end? Jesse, the hero of his own survival story, keeps this mentality throughout the entire book and has reader's captivated by his strength and resilience through all of the horrors he faces. Phelan takes you on a psychological journey in Chasers, revelling in your ability to feel for Jesse, for his friends, and for their desperate need to live, but also encouraging you to doubt the narrative, to question their survival or ask the dreaded question, “are they going to make it out alive?”.

Believe me when I say, you will have to re-read a few pages towards the end because the psychologically turning, heart breaking twist throws you for a mile. However, Phelan has achieved this with such grace that you can only love how he did it, and then come back begging for more. Action packed and horrifically realistic this will be a page turner for any young adult reader!

-Amelia