Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.
This was deplorable, and violent and utterly brilliant.
The art in this is phenomenal which really drew me in, there is a scene where Marcus is on drugs and the art is just amazing. The story premise hooked me – a school for assassins? Yes.
I cannot wait for the next instalment!
Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah’s eleventh birthday, Hetty ‘Handful’ Grimké is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed, the trouble begins …
This was fantastic and heartbreaking.
This story follows two perspectives, Handful, a slave gifted to Sarah on her eleventh birthday, and Sarah, a southern daughter with her own ideas about slavery. I loved the dual perspective, the author does a great job of creating two distinctive voices.
The story moves through the years and we see the characters mature and develop. Nina, Sarah’s sister, is another character who I loved to read about.
When I found out this was based on real people, that the Grimke sisters were real it made my heart soar. I felt inspired that they fought so hard for things in a time when women were not listened to. They pushed, they were pioneers of feminism.
This book shows the brutality of slavery, the endurance of the human spirit and above all how peoples actions resonate and affect others.
I absolutely loved this book.
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?
This was my first venture into the manga world. I loved it. I love graphic novels but was unsure how I would like manga, especially it being black and white.
The art work was great! I really enjoyed it so am over my fear of black and white art in books.
The story is fantastic and really well written. It is very dialogue heavy but mostly faced paced to read. Basically Light finds a Death Note and decides he can change the world into a better place by killing off criminals. This is a noble quest, so he thinks and we see how the world reacts.
I really liked some of the characters, I love Ryuk and his obsession with apples. The battle of minds between L and Light is fantastic.
I would definitely recommend this for manga buffs and newbies alike 🙂
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne.
The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life. The Martells of Dorne and the Starks of Winterfell seek vengeance for their dead. Euron Crow’s Eye, as black a pirate as ever raised a sail, returns from the smoking ruins of Valyria to claim the Iron Isles.
From the icy north, where Others threaten the Wall, apprentice Maester Samwell Tarly brings a mysterious babe in arms to the Citadel. As plots, intrigue and battle threaten to engulf Westeros, victory will go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel and the coldest hearts.
This is book 4 in the A song of Fire and Ice Series. This has been my least favourite of the books. It is basically a full story from half the characters perspective and the next book rolls the other characters perspective at the same time.
This was less action packed than previous booked and very Lannister heavy. There was a lot of talking and build up and I had to force myself through some chapters because it was just so boring.
The next book focus’s on some of my favourite characters so I think it will be much more of a success than this. I understand the need for it but at the same time it just felt like a lot of talk and little action.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat. But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war.
The story begins in “Verity”’s own words, as she writes her account for her captors. Truth or lies? Honour or betrayal? Everything they’ve ever believed in is put to the test . . .
I have just finished this book and I have no idea how to review it.
The feels in this book are unreal. I loved both characters and their distinct writing styles.
There are a few points in this book where I stopped breathing and didn’t realise, it has surprise elements and such emotional moments that I just got caught up with the characters.
I loved this. There is a companion novel ‘Rose Under Fire’ which I will be reading soon 🙂
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
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.
After hearing nothing but good things I finally got round to reading this, and have no idea why I waited so long!
This was lovely, funny and charming.
It’s a coming of age story about Cath who struggles to cope without her twin and with college life. The characters are enjoyable and her life relatable. I loved the extracts of fan fiction written by Cath and really liked the value they added to the story.
Really really great read and recommend to any geek or an girl at heart!
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken. A story of love and romance. A tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?
The Sinclair family are old money and like to portray the idea they are perfect with no issues.
This is a contemporary coming of age story and is full of beautiful writing, metaphors and lies. You know that something is not quite right the entire way through but you don’t see it until the very end.
I liked the mystery element and the constant wondering what was coming next. It was a really quick read and I would recommend for someone wanting a book to devour in one sitting.