Slated trilogy: Slated by Teri Terry

 

SlatedTitle: Slated

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Teri Terry

Published by: Orchard Books

Publication Date: May 3rd 2012

Pages: 448

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Mystery/Romance/Crime/Sci Fi/Dystopia/Fantasy

Book Blurb:  Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. She’s been Slated. The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

 

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Review:
Slated, by Teri Terry, is a distant future novel where criminals and rebels under a certain age have their minds wiped so they can start again, new life, new identity. This process is called Slated. It is based from the narrative point of view of a girl called Kyla after she’s been slated. Once slated each person is given a levo. Levo’s monitor your emotions such as anger and the want to perform damage. If the level gets too high it will knock them out just in case they want to perform any other crimes. If you are slated then you want to stick to the governments rules, no matter how twisted. One wrong move and the levo will either kill you, or the government will. No more chances.
The characters in this book were extraordinarily life like, mainly because each of the main characters will relate to someone out there. They’ll all teenagers facing problems with love, friendship, identity etc… but slateds just have a little further to go. Kyla is one of my favourites because of her intuition. Instinct. She is smart and, not to be too egotistical, I would like to think I am also smart and intuitive.
There is a point in the story in which I cried, of course telling you would be a spoiler, but if you have t=read the book then you’ll know which scene I’m talking about. *wink*.
One of the main things I disliked was that it ended on a cliff hanger. Once finishing the book I was like a monster. I needed the second book or I would die. It ended on an amazing cliff hanger that made me read the next book in around four hours non-stop reading, I bought fractured around half-an-hour later.
Overall this book was a gripping read and you will enjoy it, or have probably enjoyed it, immensely.
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Gallagher Girls: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter


I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You - Gallagher Girls 1Title: 
I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You (LYKY)

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Ally Carter

Published by: Hyperion Books for Children

Publication Date: April 1st 2006

Pages: 309

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Romance/Adventure

Book Blurb:  Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses – but it’s really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti). But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can Cammie have a normal relationship with a boy who can never know the truth about her?

 

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Review:
I’d Tell Your I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You is a book about the girls of Gallagher Academy and narrated by the headteachers daughter,  Cameron ‘Cammie’ Morgan. The school is a place for exceptionally talented and gifted girls on the front, which isn’t a lie, just the watered down truth. It is in fact a school for spies in training. They are taught to do amazing things such as kill a person in many ways with a piece of uncooked spagetti, but the one thing they’re not taught to do, is deal with boys. The Gallagher Girls series is based on the dilemmas, social lives of the girls, plus a few extra problems they will have to face.
This book was…I can’t describe it. I must have read for three hours non stop to finish this book. I honestly could not put it down.
There is no one character I prefer. Cammie is extremely relate-able, Bex is just awesome in all her quirky ways and Liz is that geeky girl that you would not want to be left alone in a lab with if she was angry. Macey is simply hilarious with her fashion and boy skills, surprisingly, probably the most normal out of all of them. I think I am most like Cammie and Liz though there is some of Bex in me with my love for adventure as well.
Ally Carter managed to add humour into the most serious of scenes which I admire so very much.
There were two things that really got to me though. The first was that i wanted a little more action and actual spy mission-y stuff. I have heard that the second book is better though. Right now as I write this review, the next book is sitting beside me. “Read me please! I’m awesome and you know it.”
The second problem is that once I finished the book I thought, that was amazing, but when I tried to think about all the events in the book, it just seemed a little, plain.
Overall this was an interesting beginning for the Gallagher Girl series and I cannot wait to start reading the next book, Cross My heart and Hope to Spy. Although I hope that it is a little more thrilling than the first book. But it was a nice intro into the secret world.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Glass

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

 

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published by: McElldrey Books

Publication date: March 24 2009

Pages: 576

Genres: Teen Fiction/Fantasy

Summary: With two of the Mortal Instruments now in Valentine’s hands, the world of the Shadowhunters teeters on the brink of civil war. Jace and the Lightwoods are recalled to Idris, the Shadowhunters’ remote and hidden home country, where a search has begun for the last of the Instruments, the Mortal Glass. Clary finds herself caught up in the chaos as the delicate social order of the Nephilim begins to shatter, pitting Downworlder against Downworlder and Shadowhunters against each other. When the City of Glass falls under attack, can Downworlders and Nephilim fight together to defeat Valentine, or will their longstanding hatred destroy them all? And when Clary discovers the unbelievable truth about her own past, can she find Jace before it’s too late?
Review:

City of Glass was the original finale for the mortal instruments series, but being so popular, fans begged Cassandra Clare to continue. This book contains many great plot twists capturing the reader. As soon as you start reading, it is impossible to stop. This book also contains great Clace (Clary and Jace) moments, as well as a huge twist that will leave you wondering ‘what’s next?’ You also see great evolution in our main characters: Clary Fray, Jace Morgenstern, Simon Lewis, Isabelle and Alec Lightwood and the high warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane. The book is constantly filled with suspense, no matter what’s going on, there is always something big going on with some of the characters. After reading the first two books, I couldn’t stop myself from reading the third.
It’s probably just me but in this book I sort of did want to see Clary show a bit of a dark side, maybe join Valentine, but then that i just me. Anyway, if you’re thinking about taking a break after City of Ashes, don’t bother. Personally this was one of my favourite installments.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Bones

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published by: McElldrey Books

Publication date: 17th March 2007

Pages: 512

Genres: Teen Fiction/Fantasy

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry. The murderous group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors dedicated to driving demons out of this dimension and back into their own. Drawn inexorably into a terrifying world, Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family – and the battle for the fate of the world.
Review:
Originally it took me a while to read this book, I had kept meaning to read it but just never got round to it. The sad thing is I decided to read the book after seeing the trailer which, in my opinion, was much better than the actual book, though that is the aim of them. Anyway, Cassandra Clare started the series with a ‘big bang’ It included an amazing array of suspense, teenage romance and comedy.“Jesus!” Luke exclaimed. Actually, it’s just me,” said Simon. “Although I’ve been told the resemblance is startling.”And there is much more witty humour where that came from. The book is hooking till the end, and once you get to the end, it is impossible not to read the next book. “Never trust a book by it’s adaptation,” is a good phrase I live by as it’s movie was quite bad,
changing lots of the plot and even the ending that has a large role in the next few books. City of Bones introduces the character Clary (Clarissa) Fray, a seemingly normal girl who gets thrown into the world of Shadowhunters and demons. Along the way she meets an extremely sexy Shadowhunter , Jace (Jonathon) Wayland, a jealous Alec Lightwood, his beautiful sister Isabelle and Clary’s life long friend and companion Simon Lewis. These characters work so well together, complimenting each other perfectly. They all have a sort of connection that then makes this book flow beautifully. If there is only one book you will ever read in your life time, it has to be this one. As soon as you read it, you’ll realise what you had been missing out on for so long.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

fangirlTitle: Fangirl

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published by: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: September 10th 2013

Pages: 480

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Romance/Comedy

Book Blurb:  Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible . . .

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Review:
First of all I would like to be the first to say that the cover is amazing. I absaloutely love it. The illustrations are so simple yet have something about them that draws you in. The book overall is quite good, I mean it ends like most romance novels with the girl and boy getting together, but the concept of a girl just starting uni calls for an interesting novel. Her relationship with Reagan is hilarious and is one of the strongest points in the novel. I also love that you get to share Cather’s hobby of writing fan-fiction. It reminds me of my own addiction to awesome stories. The plot line on the whole was quite plain as it was the usual family problems, quiet girl at school problems, although something about it just made Rainbow Rowell’s novel stand out against the rest of those typical Young adult romance novels. I think the main thing that captured me was her relationship with Cather’s sister, Wren. This is because usually when the main character has a sibling they are either on best of terms or worst though this one is sort of about Cather deciding what her relationship with her twin actually is, especially their hugely different personalities when attending university.
Overall this book is good as a sort of summer light romance novel as it has romance, comedy and book geekiness but if you want an original story than this may not be for you.
Just as an extra little thing, if I had a boyfriend like Levi I would be so happy. He’s funny, cool, sensitive and has awesome hair =P