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Heir of Fire

Want to get a taste of an upcoming title without a full review or spoilers? We’re here to do that for you! It’s not a real review, and there are definitely no spoilers – just a bunch of reasons to read or not read or pass on this title.


Reasons to read:

1. Awesome new characters:

So. Many. New. Characters. While that might be overwhelming at times, I really liked what all of them had to offer. My love might be exclusive to a particular new character but we won’t talk about this now. *evil laugh*

2. Dorian

You know the thing with Dorian? The thing we found out in Crown of Midnight? Well, that thing makes him extra awesome and unpredictable in this novel. I love how much his character has developed and how his story keeps taking unexpected turns. If you’re indifferent about Dorian, I know what you’re thinking as you read this: what about Chaol?

Boomerang

Boomerang is a distinctly familiar book. It’s like fanfiction and manga made a baby. It’s got that same kind of delicious story setup, constantly sprinkling of sexual tension as if it were a serial trying to keep the crowd coming back, and then a sweet, bubblegum ending that pops satisfyingly from a bubble of delight.

Mia and Ethan meet up for a one night stand only to realise the next day that they’re both competing as interns for the same position at the same company, Boomerang, a dating site. Shenanigans ensue, romantic tension is had and they both really want to bang despite a no-banging rule between company employees.

Boomerang is a little like ice cream. Perfect for what it is. Like ice cream it’s delicious, sweet and will give you brain freeze if you have too much of it. It’s a beach read. A summer read. Neither taxing on ze little grey cells nor emotionally challenging.

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey

The problem is The Girl With All The Gifts is that it is amazing and I don’t want to tell you anything about it.

You see, one of the best parts of this book is how it unfolds. Each layer of the story is slowly revealed with as much intense build up as the human nervous system can take. You guys, this book is flat out creepy. Like my shoulders are tense, I kind of have goosebumps, WHAT’S THAT? NO DON’T TOUCH ME I’M SCARED creepy. I went in with zero idea of what to expect besides Ellen at Orbit was really excited about it, Joss Whedon and io9 loved it and I think maybe there are zombies or something. I think this approach is sort of key for getting the full effect of the narrative.

Unfortunately, this leaves me kind of at loose ends as far as reviewing goes.

Falling Into Place

Reasons to read:

1. An unlikable main character

Hear me out. Liz is cruel, broken, and just plain toxic to those around her. The beauty about this book is that we get to experience her development. The different stages of her life–from childhood to the day she decides to end her life–are presented beautifully. While you might hate her decision, you also grow to understand them. Isn’t that awesome? Zhang created a very interesting and complex character and I love her for it.

2. The feels

As you can probably tell by the summary, this novel is an emotional sucker-punch to the heart. There’s something about it that makes it feel very personal. Reading about someone who is spiraling out of control is never easy.  I didn’t get emotional but I did feel like I had a sock down my throat. I wanted to change the outcome somehow but all I could do was read and enjoy the ride.

Disruption

Did you know this book is shiny? Just look at its cover! So shiny! Gloriously, gloriously shiny. You know how some people are beautiful on the inside and the outside? Well the great thing about this ponderously big tome is that it is shiny on the outside and the inside. Rather like a phosphorescent jellyfish, it shines even if you cut it open and play with its splayed tenders.

How is it shiny on the inside, Kat? You ask because you like things to make sense.

Cat scientists are only marginally more terrifying than real scientists.

Everything inside this book is just so good and pure and awesome. Maggie is one of those unusual YA protagonists who actually moves the storyline along herself. She doesn’t wait for anyone to strike. She’s beautifully flawed, fatally flawed but you just can’t help love her. She has a goal, a job to do and she’ll manoeuvre people into position to do it, even to her own detriment.

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