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.

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.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor



Title: 
Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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

Author: Laini Taylor

Published by: Hachette Book Group

Publication Date: 27th September 2011

Pages: 432

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Romance/Fantasy/Mystery

Book Blurb: 

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

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Review:
Read this in two days, Suffered insomnia over the single night of continuous reading: and it was worth it. This book was stunningly beautiful. Laini Taylor’s descriptions were thorough and animated. This book has to be one of my favourite all times. I loved the character Karou so much. Laini made sure Karou was a real person adding little details that may seem insignificant but certainly weren’t.
I found this book when I was bored on the waterstones sight. It looked good and I didn’t have anything else to read so I thought I might as well get it. As you may have read from an earlier post, it took a while to actually find the book, but all that was worth it.
I’m struggling to find a flaw within this book, I’m not sure it’s even possible to find one.
I’m leaving this a short review, before I reveal any spoilers.
This book is a masterpiece.

Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton


Title: 
Witch Finder

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

Author: Ruth Warburtoon

Published by: Hodder Children’s Books

Publication Date: July 2nd 2014

Pages: 384

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Romance/Fantasy

Book Blurb:  Sworn to a loveless marriage.

Sworn to avenge the death of his parent.

sworn to kill the one you love…

London 1880.

Witches killed Luke Lexton’s parents and he is determined to avenge their death by becoming a witch hunter. But first he must prove his loyalty and pick a name from the Book of Witches to track down and kill within a month or face death himself. Luke picks Rosa Greenwood, a young witch-girl who is almost impossible to kill…

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Review:
I read this book on holiday where I was doing outdoor activities almost every hour of the day and yet couldn’t help but finish it in a few hours. This book was amazing. It is set in the Victorian era and Ruth Warburton has brought that time back to the present; Her descriptions of the streets and housing were enthralling. She made everything come to life. I loved the story line of Rosa Greenwood’s family and how even in a fantasy book it kept to the traditions of arranged marriage for money and power. How in the 1880’s women were seen lower class.
The book begins quite ominously with Luke’s first entrance to the witch hunter community. This instantly captures you into the book.
The cover is a pretty cool mix of illustration and photography though for some reason it doesn’t quite work for me. The second book has a much nicer cover with a little more flair.
Overall this book is awesome and enthralling. There were one or two moments where I thought there could be a little more going on but on the whole it was a really good summer read.

Shift by Em Bailey

ShiftTitle: Shift

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

Author: Em Bailey

Published by: Hardie Grant Egmont

Publication Date: September 10th 2013

Pages: 320

Genres: YA Fiction/Romance/Thriller/Mystery/Fantasy

Book Blurb:  She obediently takes her meds and stays under the radar at school. After “the incident,” Olive just wants to avoid any more trouble, so she knows the smartest thing is to stay clear of the new girl who is rumored to have quite the creepy past.

But there’s no avoiding Miranda Vaile. As mousy Miranda edges her way into the popular group, right up to the side of queen bee Katie – and pushes the others right out – only Olive seems to notice that something strange is going on. Something almost . . . parasitic. Either Olive is losing her grip on reality, or Miranda Vaile is stealing Katie’s life.

But who would ever believe crazy Olive, the girl who has a habit of letting her imagination run away with her? And what if Olive is the next target?

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Review:
I read this book on holiday in Italy. The problem was that because it’s so hot their you need to keep the curtains closed to keep it cool. This made inside quite shaded, making it kind of scary to read such a psychological thriller. The story is about a girl who always starts off plain, no noticeable features. but then strange things happen to those who are around her and she hangs out with. It is told from Olive’s perspective as the girl who used to be popular watching an ex friend have this happen. Nobody else seems to nice this but her. The story took a while to get into but after the first few chapters I swear it must have been glues to my hand. I could not let it go. After the popular girl is through with the tormentation of this girl, it is Olive’s turn. Will she fall for those same tricks?
Shift also have a bit of romance in it between Olive and Lachlan, to be honest with you, I have no idea how to pronounce his name. I think someone told me it was luck-lan though i’m not too sure.
The cover of this book is quite cool. I like the whole thing with the different strips of faces and that actually gives you quite a lot of information about what the book is about.