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Reviewsday: Joelle Charbonneau’s Dividing Eden

Having read Joelle Charbonneau's Testing series (which has a Hunger Games-esque vibe to it for all of you dystopian novel lovers!), I think I can safely say I was jumping up and down out of excitement when Dividing Eden popped up on my radar.

Reminiscent of The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye, Dividing Eden tells the tale of twin royals, Carys and Andreus, pitted against each other in a battle for the crown after a disastrous accident leaves them with equal claim to the throne. Faced with a power hungry council watching their every move and faceless enemies stirring up trouble, the twins can only do what they've been doing their entire lives – stick together, watch each other's backs and, above all, protect the secret that's been haunting them since birth.

The novel was intriguing from the get go but I felt that Carys definitely emerges as the stronger lead throughout the book with Andreus' story taking a surprising turn that, whilst being beneficial to the plot line, was still a little tough to read through (if you find yourself shaking the book in frustration and wailing “Noooo!”, don't say I didn't warn you!). There a quite a few shady characters that appear in and around the castle which left me questioning almost everyone's motives. Even after finishing the book, I'm still suspicious as to who is really on which side.

Dividing Eden is truly an engrossing read – clear your calendar because you won't want to put it down until you've worked your way through all of the secrets, lies and manipulative madness that await you.

Reviewsday: Angelfall by Susan Ee

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Ever since her Dad left, Penryn has taken on the role of the head of the family. With a sister in a wheelchair and a mentally disturbed mother, it was never going to be an easy task. But after Angels rained down from the sky and began slaughtering everything in their wake, leaving the world in an apocalyptic state, it becomes a bigger job than even Penryn bargained for. Keeping her family safe is one thing but it soon becomes clear that keeping them together is going to be harder than she expected… especially after her sister Paige is abducted by a band of the hellish Angels.

Left with no one but the wounded, outcast Angel abandoned by his fellow comrades, Penryn’s determination to rescue her sister leads her to do the one thing she swore she would never do: ally herself with an Angel. Raffe, however, is not quite the Angel Penryn expected. Wingless as a result of a vicious attack, Raffe’s vulnerable state allows for Penryn to coerce him into aiding her in her task. Travelling cross country to the Angels stronghold is not a task for the faint of heart as Penryn discovers and the dangers they face on the road are only just bearable, even as Penryn begins to realise that a wingless Angel is not a defenceless Angel… and that this wingless Angel isn’t as bad as she thought he would be. In fact, in certain situations, he’s quite nice in his own odd way… and quite handsome…

A beautiful mash of apocalyptic drama, romance, fantasy and action, Angelfall is a book that will quench all thirsts. Angels as we know them have been twisted and turned into ruthless, elitist killers and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Penryn’s determination to save her sister despite the things she has to endure to do so, combined with her rough, gritty, “Help, I really have no idea what I’m doing” character made this book really something special for me and I know there are plenty of readers out there who would feel the same.

Reviewsday: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

This is not your average fairy tale. Sure, it has handsome faery princes (kind of), a wicked witch (sort of) and an ancient curse that has ridiculous conditions that need to be met to break it, but Feyre doesn’t know any of this yet. All she knows is that if she doesn’t hunt, her family will not survive the winter, so when she stumbles upon a wolf in the forest, she dismisses the remote possibility that it could be a faery and takes the creature’s life.

9781408857861But of course, her prey was fae and had friends in high places… the sort of friends that barrel through cottage doors in the middle of the night. Feyre is given a choice: stay with her family and die or abandon her family but live with the mysterious beast in his castle. It doesn’t take much for her to see the sensible option; if she’s still alive, surely she’ll be able to escape and re-join her family?
It’s no use. Tamlin, her captor, can see right through her and watches her like a hawk throughout their harrowing journey to his castle. Tension and unease hang heavy in the atmosphere as she adjusts to her new home and Feyre begins to get the sense that some bigger game is afoot; strange creatures are lurking in the forest, threatening guests come calling and Tamlin is not who he seems to be. Despite initially being cold and distant, he seems to be warming up to her. At least she thought so until he sends her packing and she learns of the great axe looming over his head, the curse she was supposed to break… and that’s where all the macabre fun and games start.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a dazzling, dramatic, heartbreaking exploration of the lengths we go to protect the people we love, with an exquisitely imaginative fantasy wrapper. Feyre is such a powerful character that it’s impossible not to be swept into her heart and mind as she traverses the tricky realm of the fae. If you’re looking for a sweet bedtime story, this is not for you. If you want to be engulfed, mystified, terrified and enlightened, go right ahead!

Fantastic Females in Fantasy- Pt. 2

There are so many awesome women in fantasy that we could not contain it to just one post!

While you are probably already familiar with Hermione, Katniss, Tris and Arya, we thought we'd gather together some more of our favourite fantasy ladies who you may not have met yet- with a YA twist.

9780552566001Seraphina from Seraphina by Rachel Hartman: In the Kingdom of Goredd dragons and humans live side by side, but it is an uneasy peace with neither side truly trusting the other. When a member of the royal family is murdered and a dragon is the suspected culprit, young Seraphina Dombegh is thrust into the middle of the investigation. But Seraphina has a secret. One that could cost her very life if anyone found out.
Books in the series: Seraphina, Shadow Scale

Tiffany Aching from the Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett: When young Tiffany Aching sets out to become a witch, she faces ominous foes and gains unexpected allies. As she confronts the Queen of Fairies and battles an ancient, bodiless evil, she is aided (and most ably abetted) by the six-inch-high, fightin', stealin', drinkin' Wee Free Men.
Books in the series: The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith

Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series by Sara J Maas: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves,
and warriors in a competition, 9781406307627she will be released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien and she will win.
Books in the series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire

Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare: Born into a world where demons hide in the shadows, hunted by her father and kept under a spell by her mother Clarissa Fray is a normal teenage girl - until the spell her mother has been keeping her under wears off, she gets involved with 'shadow hunters', and her mother is kidnapped. To save her mother and her new friends Clary must learn to harness her gifts, fight off vampires and kick some demon butt.
Books in the series: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire

Think we've left someone off? Let us know in the comments!