The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti

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This beautifully written book examines relationships and how women are so often seduced by the idea of love and end up in relationships with all the wrong men.

I started reading on Valentine’s Day, in the mood for a fun, light romance promised by the gorgeous cover. Was I disappointed? Maybe a little at first, but soon I was caught up in the lives of these incredibly brave, strong women, their stories and their determination to prevail, and just like life, romance came along unexpectedly – not the sweep you off your feet only to drop you later love – but the real thing – the one where he sees the real you through all the armour you’ve put up.

The women in the story are all linked by their relationship with Barry. Wives, girlfriends, daughters – he let them all down. It was through the daughters who embarked on a journey to help right the wrongs and in doing so, enabled friendships and healing to touch and positively link the women together. This is a feel good story that will 4 Starstay with you for a long time.

Recommended age 13+

The Secret Life of Prince Charming
Author: Deb Caletti
Publication Date: 16 March 2011 (First published 2009)The Secret Life of Prince Charming
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Maybe it was wrong, or maybe impossible, but I wanted the truth to be one thing. One solid thing.

Quinn is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken. Between her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, Quinn hears nothing but cautionary tales. She tries to be an optimist — after all, she’s the dependable one, the girl who never makes foolish choices. But when she is abruptly and unceremoniously dumped, Quinn starts to think maybe there really are no good men. -Extract from Goodreads.com

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“I went for Prince Charming himself at High School. Barry was my first serious boyfriend. If you look up ‘charming’ in the dictionary, you’ll see that it is not only has reference to strong attraction, but to spells and magic. Then again, what are liars if not great magicians?”

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu – I had high hopes for Legend and was really disappointed. Although there is probably enough action and tension in the story to make it popular enough with readers new to the dystopian genre, it fell flat for me.

The story was predictable and lacked the originality needed to compete with this growing, ever popular genre. 3 Star

Recommended age 13+


Legend
Series: Legend
Author: Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu
Publication Date: 16 April 2013 (1st Published 2011)
Publisher: Speak
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What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

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The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

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AMAZING! I love this book – in fact the whole series!  Okay, I know what you’re thinking – I’m biased because I am proudly South African. Well maybe a little… but this series is good!

Rachel Morgan has created captivating new Faerie world full of magic, romance, betrayal, action and adventure. You will fall in love with the characters as you are sucked further and further into a world like no other, wondering if, when the story is over, you will find your way back home…

What more could you want? Read this now..! You won’t regret it!

5 StarRecommended Age: 12+

The Faerie Guardian
Series: Creepy Hollow
Author:
Rachel Morgan Faerie Guardian
Publication Date: 27 October 2012
Publisher:
Rachel Morgan
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Enter a hidden world…      

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamour follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion. — Extract from Goodreads.com

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth: YA Book Review

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Divergent is a powerful story which captivated me from the very first page. Believable characters I love – the edgy ‘messed-up’ kind that get under your skin and become part of you so you can’t remember a time when you didn’t know them. Brilliant!

I read this book in 2012, and it was without doubt the best book I read in that year. I am reviewing it now on my new blog in anticipation of the movie to be released this year. Co-incidentally I am about half way through the third book, Allegiant, and all I can say is WOW!5 Star

Recommended Age: 13+

Divergent
Author: Veronica RothDivergent
Publication Date: 2 February 2012 (1st published 25 May 2011)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five 

factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. — Extract from Goodreads.com

The Knife that Killed Me by Anthony McGowan

The Knife that Killed Me by Anthony McGowan

Knife that Killed Me

A dark, brutally honest story with a message, a very strong message that the level of violence can escalate within seconds when a weapon is brought into the mix.

It is possible that the knife that kills is not only the knife in hand, banished as a weapon –  but also the one tucked away in your pocket, carried for security, to use if necessary. For it is this ‘in case’ weapon that makes the carrier hyper aware of danger, possibly more likely to attack when a more passive response may have been sufficient to defuse the situation.

This is not really the type of book I enjoy reading, violence and bullying that I would rather pretend never happens. But it does…  to someone. Every day.4 Star

Recommended Age: 13+


The Knife that Killed Me

Author: Anthony McGowan
Publication Date: 11 October 2011
Publisher: Simon & SchusterKnife that Killed Me
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Paul Vanderman could be at any normal high school where bullies, girls, and annoying teachers are just part of life. But “normal” doesn’t apply when it comes to the school’s biggest bully, Roth—a twisted and threatening thug with an evil agenda.

When Paul ends up delivering a message from Roth to the leader of a gang at a nearby school, it fuels a rivalry with immediate consequences. Paul attempts to distance himself from the feud, but somehow Roth keeps finding reasons for him to stick around. Then one day Roth hands him a knife. And even though Paul is scared, he has never felt so powerful. — Extract from Goodreads.com

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