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.

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.

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.

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.

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