At First Sight by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


At First SightTitle: 
At First Sight

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Published by: Quercus Editions Ltd

Publication Date: January 1st 2015

Pages: 393

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Fantasy/Thriller/Romance/Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Urban Fantasy/Mystery

Book Blurb:  A girl no one can see, A boy on a mission,
A love story with a difference
What happens when an assassin falls in love with his target?
There are people in this world who are Nobodies. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away. That’s why they make perfect assassins.
The institute finds these people when they’re young and takes then away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organisation. And threats must be eliminated. Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’re ID’ed Claire and sent seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit…

 

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Review:
This book is also known as ‘Nobody’ in the USA. At First Sight is a very original idea that I might not actually have bought if it wasn’t on offer. After reading it I sort of got slightly hooked on it. The books is written from two perspectives that were based on the main two characters. Usually I am not that into dual points if view but this was written really well and helped bring the book to life.
It is about two groups of people living in a normal world: those who love attention and people can’t help but want to listen to them however they are basically psychopathic, the other group are nobodies, people who are find it almost impossible to be noticed.
A nobody working for an organisation has been sent to kill Claire who he thinks is a killer but as soon as she looks at him, he can’t. O.K, this sounds like an average teen romance story, but something about it makes it amazing.
The only criticism I can give is that it felt like it was written for younger people yet the whole plot for YA; to bo honest, that’s not a very good one but it’s the only one I can think of that I feel is preventing me from giving it a full five stars.
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The Black Magician: The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan


Title: 
The Magician’s Guild

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

Author: Trudi Canavan

Published by: Orbit

Publication Date: March 4th 2010

Pages: 480

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery

Book Blurb:  Each year the magicians of Imardin gather together to purge the city streets of vagrants, urchins and miscreants. Masters of the disciplines of magic, they know that no one can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they believe. Sonea, angry, frustrated and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, hurls a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. To the amazement of all who bear witness, the stone passes unhindered through the barrier and renders a magician unconscious. The guild’s worst fear has been realised …There is an untrained magician loose on the streets. She must be found before her uncontrolled powers unleash forces that will destroy both her, and the city that is her home.

 

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Review:
Before i start the review, let me just say that I’m already rereading this book while I wait for the next book to arrive. What does that say about this book, other than you amount of tea’s you have already seen. This will probably be my next book series/trilogy addiction, with the added fact that Trudi Canavan has two other trilogy’s in this world.
Apparently this author is famous for her female protagonists, which for some reason appeal to me.
Anyway, this book captured my imagination beautifully. What got me interested was the first paragraph that talks about spirits the wind, I don’t know the relevance to the book but it was quite deep I guess.
The main character, Sonea, is unlike other female main characters, for one thing, there is no actual romance at all in this book. There are people I would like her to be with due to how they act around each other, but overall, this book is based more on other aspects of a person’s life other than their love life and interests. This actually gave us more insight into the characters personalities in other events and circumstances.
Most gripping, must read next book, stories usually end in cliffhangers if I’m being stereotypical. This book did not, in my mind, leave me guessing the next event, but it was still such an amazing book I ordered the next book two minutes after finishing the book. I actually read the book in around four hours.
Overall, I thoroughly recommend reading this and I would love it if the trilogy became a TV show (as long as it was good and nothing was too badly changed ‘obviously’)

Maze Runner: The Maze Runner by James Dashner


The Maze Runner - Maze Runner Series 1Title: 
The Maze Runner

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

Author: James Dashner

Published by: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: October 6th 2009

Pages: 378

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Dystopian/Adventure/Sci-fi/Post-Apocalyptic

Book Blurb:  When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there \- or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything \- even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

 

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Review:
As some of you may know already, I had seen the movie before reading the book. One of the few times I have ever done it or ever will do. I hadn’t been sure about the whole story before I watched the film. After the film, it was a different story. It was amazing and absolutely thrilling. I read the book as soon as I got home. It was honestly a really, surprisingly good book. Not saying I thought it would be bad, but based on the sort of books I read, I didn’t expect to like it. I loved every second of it. I managed to read this book in around four days, two during, two after school had finished for half-term. The girl, Teresa was an amazing character who was hilarious at times and managed to bring the story to life even more than it already had. This book, though having a female in the plot, was luckily, not consumed by a romance or something. This meant that, although it is nice to have some once in a while, we actually got to see plot and more story line.
Minho is another character, aside from Tomas, the main protagonist, that I loved. He is quirky, witty and just has that sort of personality that makes you instantly think he is an awesome character.
The only criticism is that the book was a little slow during the middle,though it swiftly picked up.
For any of you who think this plot or genre isn’t for you, I seriously suggest you reconsider that opinion. I for one loved it and will most definitely be reading the nest book, Scorch Trials, hopefully soon.

The 100: The 100 by Kass Morgan


The 100Title: 
The 100

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Kass Morgan

Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 3rd 2013

Pages: 323

Genres: Teen/ YA Fiction/ Sci-fi/ Adventure/ Dystopian/ Post-Apocalyptic

Book Blurb:  Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents – considered expendable by society – are being sent on a dangerous mission: to re-colonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission. CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves – but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth. Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

 

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Review:
O.K, so most of you will have probably seen this show advertised and aired on E4 when it came over to the UK. Turns out, it got itself a book to TV adaptation in America. If any of you watched the show already then by the first episode, things are already different which is why they changed part of the description from ‘based on the novel by Kass Morgan’ to ‘Loosely based on the novel by Kass Morgan’. This made me laugh quite a lot because I had heard some fans saying that it was ‘false advertising’ and other stuff like that. After the shows was advertised, I searched it up and realised it was a book which sounded really cool. A few days later I went and bought it. This book was amazing and really, quite intelligent. Though it does move a little slowly due to having to write about four different Points of Views (POV) it still manages to keep me hooked, which,by the way, is extraordinarily rare for a multiple POV book with more than two POVs.
So this novel is based on a post-apocalyptic world after nuclear devastation and the only survivors are those who were already in space due to working on the space stations: scientists. Anyway, so fast track around three millennia and you get to a time when they want to send 100 criminals down to earth as a way of checking if Earth is now safe for us and there is no more radiation to poison us.
This book was beautifully written and included flash backs marked out by a change in font, the flash backs helped to give plenty of insight into our main protagonists lives without having to read them rambling on about it forever.
My favourite character was Clarke Griffin, the main character. She is the daughter of some scientists who were convicted of a heinous crime they didn’t do and so were sentenced to the air lock, do I need to explain that gruesome fate any more? Anyway, I love the fact that even though she had a boyfriend (Wells), boys aren’t her life and she actually thinks about other stuff, plus she is an intelligent character.
As I said before, this book does move at a  rather slow pace, it must only gone on for around three days to a week, no-more. Some books work well like this, for instance the mortal instruments book one, but this book could have moved a little faster. I didn’t notice it at the time but when I now think about it, not much really happened. Big stuff happened, just nearer to the end and in small doses if you like.
Overall, I will give this four cups of tea as my only real criticism is the pace and cliff-hanging events excluding the ending.)
Book 2, Day 21 has recently come out and Kass Morgan has also officially announced there will be a book 3 t=sometime next year.

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff


Picture Me Gone
Title: Picture Me Gone

Rating: Half Cup of Tea

Author: Meg Rosoff

Published by: Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date: September 5 2013

Pages: 208

Genres: Teen Fiction/Mystery

Summary: Mila is on a roadtrip across the USA with her father. They are looking for his best friend but Mila discovers a more important truth. Sometimes the act of searching reveals more than the final discovery can. Adults do not have all the answers. It all depends what questions you ask.
Review:

Picture Me Gone: written by award winning author of How I Live Now. This book seemed like a thrilling, fast-paced mystery that turned out to be a dreary, put-down-able, book that simply lacked a bit of everything. The beginning of the book starts off as though it will lead to something extraordinary and adrenaline packed but once you get past that first chapter you can’t help but think, when is this going to really take off? And you think that for the rest of the book, hoping that at some point something will happen that will change the course of the story.

Mila is an interesting character that I loved to read about. That was probably the only good thing written in all of the 208 pages.

I know this is a short review but I really can’t think of anything else to say. The book was ‘eh’ *shoulder shrug*, and therefore was a massive let down from my original hopes. It sort of explains why most bookshops don’t actually stock the book even though it was written by such a famous, well established, author.

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.