Monday, 13 January 2014

Where You'll Find Me by Erin Fletcher

Where You'll Find MeWhere You'll Find Me by Erin Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: ARC provided by Entangled Publishing for review

Hanley is a bit of a tearaway, with very little regard for her own personal safety. While sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night to attend a party with friends, she discovers a seemingly homeless teenager living in her parents' garage. Hanley is sufficiently messed up that getting to the party is more important than letting anyone know about the handsome boy in the garage, so she kicks him out and goes on her merry way.

When she gets home too drunk to even unlock the door, the mysterious Garage Boy, as she thinks of hiim, comes to the rescue. For his kindness she lets him stay the rest of that night, but tells him not to return or she'll report him.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Salt by Danielle Ellison

Salt (Salt, #1)Salt by Danielle Ellison
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Release date: 7th January 2014

Source: ARC provided by Entangled Teen in exchange for review.

Penelope is a witch without power. A demon attack as a child left her without essence, necessary for witches to perform magic. Penelope has been hiding this fact for years, borrowing from her family in order to fool the rest of the witching community. Penelope is only a few weeks away from sitting the test to become an Enforcer, part of the elite demon hunting force. If she can get access to the Enforcers' library, she might be able to find the demon who stole her essence and perform the ceremony necessary to regain her power and be "normal" again.

Then Penelope meets Carter and strangely, she's able to draw power from him in a similar way to her family. He has secrets of his own and could use her help as much as she needs his.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Defy - Sara B Larson

Defy (Defy, #1)Defy by Sara B. Larson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for review.

When Alexa and Marcel's parents are killed in the ongoing war between their own and a neighbouring kingdom, their future is uncertain. Female orphans are sent to the king's "breeding house" where they are provided for the amusement of the king's soldiers in order to produce the next generation of soldiers. Boys are sent to train and eventually join the army. A skilled fighter, Alexa is convinced by her brother to cut her hair and become Alex and become a soldier. Several years later, Alex and Marcel are serving in the Prince's guard and Alex is acknowledged as the best fighter among them. Unfortunately, it's getting harder to hide the fact that Alex is really Alexa, and when she is assigned to guard the prince even more closely, she fears her secret will come out.

Alex isn't the only one with secrets, others have been forced to hide who they really are in order to survive the king's brutality.

This is, at its core, a teen romance. There are supernatural elements but they really are secondary to the developing love triangle and its resolution. Those looking for high fantasy will possibly be disappointed by this, although there is scope for the fantasy elements to develop more in subsequent books.

One thing I did like is that although this is clearly the beginning of a series, the story had its own resolution - there is nothing worse than a book that doesn't actually end!

If you enjoyed Throne of Glass and the Avry of Kazan series then this is worth a look.

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