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Just What I Needed…Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

I finished this in a matter of hours, though I spread my reading out over a day and a bit.
Filled with illustrations and diagrams and IM logs, this was a good read that I absolutely powered through. It had a lot of positives but also a bunch of negatives.

PLUS:
* I felt like the development of Olly and Maddy's relationship was normal, and relatable considering their almost unrelatable situation.
* Maddy is a great bookish character and I feel like YA books need more bookish girls
* Maddy's nurse is AWESOME.

MINUS:
* Maddy says she isn't reckless: gets a credit card, buys 2 lots of flights, a hotel room and I assume a whole bunch of other practical stuff like food and taxi fare, as well as clothes and nearly $300 worth of clothes on her mother's credit card... not reckless?
* Olly seems to give up pretty easily
* The whole running off to Hawaii thing was a bit much for me.

I disliked Maddy's mum from the start, but I loved pretty much everyone else. Olly is a complex character and a great romantic interest.

Though this was an incredibly easy read, it has reignited my passion for reading. It wasn't a substantial book, but it definitely gave me those butterflies that a good YA romance does.

I am looking forward to reading Nicola Yoon's other book The Sun Is Also a Star as it sounds just as interesting and light as this one does. Normally, that would be something that I would put a book back on the shelf for, but I guess it was just what I needed right now.

~Sam

Shadowhunters: A new adventure is on the horizon!

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The adventures of Simon Lewis as he trains to become a Shadowhunter are available in print this November, with ten brand-new comic illustrations!

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be...

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join him on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy's illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These moving and hilarious short stories are perfect for fans who just can't get enough of the Shadowhunters. The series features characters from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, Dark Artifices and the upcoming Last Hours series.

Written by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy  is perfect for the fan who just can’t get enough of the Shadowhunters PLUS it includes a bonus pull-out poster!

Can't wait till November 15th? We've got the cure: Cassandra Clare has the first story, Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy available as an audiobook on Youtube! Check it out.

 

Product description from Cassandra Clare's website.

QBD Great Reads: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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Oh wow! Such an emotional story. I had similar feelings reading this story as when reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I loved both stories, as both made me cry – in a good way – and I was emotionally invested in the characters.

This young adult contemporary novel is about Mia, a young 17 year old who plays the cello. She has a boyfriend Adam who plays in a rock band and her family are also musicians. Even though her family loves music Mia feels somewhat separate from them as she is drawn to classical music - which is distinctly different from the rock concerts they love.

If I Stay is told over a period of 24 hours from Mia’s perspective, mixing present time with flashbacks of key moments in her life. Very close to the beginning of the novel Mia and her family are involved in a severe car accident. If I Stay, told through the eyes of Mia as she has an out-of-body experience while her physical body lies in a coma, takes readers through Mia’s decision as she is forced to choose whether to stay or let go.

What I really loved about this story was the voice of Mia. It was believable and I found it a really good vehicle with which to tell the story. Mia could see all that was happening to her yet she wasn’t a ghost (she couldn’t walk through walls) and as she was in limbo she could not be heard. Having Mia remember her life (quite literally having it “flash before her eyes”) was a great way to hear from everyone else in the story as well as knowing what was happening in the present. One of the funniest scenes was when Mia’s boyfriend Adam was trying to get into the ICU to see her but was blockaded by a nurse as he was not family, so he brought in a rock star as a diversion – hilarious!

If I Stay is by nature a sad book - there were two sections in particular where I couldn’t read the words through my tears. However, it is also uplifting and overall such a good story! The main message to take from this novel is that love, of all kinds, endures. Definitely a recommended read.

~Kerryn, QBD Northland

Reviewsday: Black by Fleur Ferris

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They say Black Marshall is cursed....

I had NO IDEA Fleur Ferris would choose this topic for her second book! Gutsy effort and I have to say, she has well and truly conquered that second novel mountain.

Black Marshall is the outcast in a small country town, there may or may not be a secret sect watching her every move, but why? what's so important about her? What aren't her parents telling her?

I spent the days I read this book waiting to get home so I could get back to reading it, I just needed to know what happened. Young adult suspense can be REALLY hit and miss, but here folks, we have a hit. I know I'll be telling everyone I know to get their own copy and make this woman some money!

I didn't hate a single character, except for the obvious ones, and one I thought I hated turned out to be one I had the most sympathy for.

The setting is great and I couldn't imagine the same story being told as effectively if it had been set anywhere other than the small country town that Ferris writes so well. I also loved the genuine touches, small towns have underage drinking and it's a problem but it doesn't get hidden in Black, it's just a part of life. Small towns have people who can be overly devoted to their respective faiths and small towns can be both a refuge and a prison.

Black Marshall is a strong character and I adore her. And Ed?! AND Aiden?! Holy gorgeous Batman! Two lovely boys who would have and did go the extra mile for Black when everyone else seemed to run a mile in the other direction just to get away from her.

The A's were a great addition as well, it's not often people stand up for one and other anymore and it's so great to see this kind of friendship in a young adult novel where so many others are full of backstabbing and boyfriend stealing.

There is a definite darkness to this book and that is perhaps what I loved most about it, the tie in to one of the few Australian urban legends I had actually heard of and been taunted with by older cousins who grew up in a similar small border town with a tiny population was a light bulb moment for me, absolutely brilliant.

I can't say enough how much I implore people to read Black, and to also then read Risk, or vice versa! #LoveOzYa and show it by reading Fleur Ferris.

Holy wow I loved this book!

- Sam, QBD Eastland

Reviewsday: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

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As far as Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is aware, her friends and relatives have all put her absence down to a boarding school or some ludicrous luxury retreat; whatever lie her parents have told to hide the fact that they’re had their daughter locked away in an asylum for three hundred and seventy-eight days. The reason for her confinement? Barely a year out from her eighteenth birthday, Ten remains Unsigned.

All Ten really wants is some peace, quiet and time to choose between the two realms in which she could spend her Everlife – things that are scarce commodities in the hellish place she is forced to call home. Ten intends to hold out until the very last moment, but she may not have a choice. Both Myriad and Troika want her for their own reasons and have people on the inside vying for Ten’s affection and loyalty… two very different men with two very different methods of getting close to her. But Ten’s issues with the asylum and the equally charming gentlemen will have to take a backseat because something sinister is lying in wait for her – a familiar face with a shocking secret to tell.

Jam-packed with action, suspense, romance and drama, the story of Firstlife is a unique concept that explores life after death, one that gives its characters a choice between light and dark. Ten’s journey through her perilous decision is bittersweet yet enlightening, exploring the many facets of humanity. There’s one constant, thought-provoking question that stays with you long after you finish the novel: where would you spend your Everlife?