Afterworlds


The Afterworlds on a North Melbourne train platform

Scott Westerfeld
Penguin
Published 24th September 2014
Bought from Megalong Books in Leura, NSW

Since hearing of its impending release all the way back in April at PTALive, I have been eagerly awaiting Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds.  Afterworlds is not just one story, but two – the story of Darcy Patel, a high school graduate who just sold the novel she wrote during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for those not in the know) told alongside the story she wrote, titled Afterworlds.

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Series Binge Read (1): Fallen Series

series binge read

My first Series Binge Read was the Fallen series by Lauren Kate and took place between August 25th and September 3rd. There are five books – four full length novels and one small novella that fits between books three and four.

Disclaimer – this post includes spoilers but I have at least tried to contain my rage.

So why Fallen?
I read the first three books around four – five years ago when I was 15. It had come just after Twilight and it was during a time when I would read absolutely anything. Scratch that, because I still do that. But I was never as critical as I am now and would often read books, love them and then move on to the next one. I had rated Fallen, Torment and Passion all four stars. I thought it was time I finally finished off the series so I bought the books I didn’t own and had no reason to believe I wouldn’t enjoy these books as much as I did when I was 15.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Finale

Finale
Author: 
Becca Fizpatrick
Series: The Hush Hush Saga, Book 4
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Star Rating: 2.5/5
Date Read: June 22nd to 23rd, 2014
Read Count: 1
Review:
Rejoice! I have made it to the end. This series is over, completed, and resigned to sit on my shelves for the rest of its life because I have a problem. But that’s a story for another day. I know after the last week everyone is dying to know what I thought of how the series ended…
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Silence

Author: Becca Fizpatrick
Series: The Hush Hush Saga, Book 3
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Star Rating: 2.5/5
Date Read: June 21st to 22nd, 2014
Read Count: 1
Review:
I’m making good progress through this series. On to book three already and looking like I will officially be done with this saga/sequence/whatever in the next couple of days. Thank goodness. I know what you’re thinking, I could have stopped anytime. But let’s face it, that’s just not me. I will read bad books just to be reading something, no matter how angry I get at characters (authors generally spare most of my wrath, maybe unfairly).

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Crescendo

Author: Becca Fizpatrick
Series: The Hush Hush Saga, Book 2
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Star Rating: 3/5
Date Read: June 20th to 21st, 2014
Read Count: 1
Review:
Crescendo is the sequel to Hush, Hush, the story of the infuriating Nora and her fallen angel lover boy Patch. Right from the start there was a lot about this novel that irked me. They may seem like little things, but they add up to the reading experience of the book as a whole. I’m going to remember those little things. Well, most of them, hopefully.

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Hush, Hush

Author: Becca Fizpatrick
Series: The Hush Hush Saga, Book 1
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Star Rating: 2/5
Date Read: June 15th to 20th, 2014
Read Count: 2
Review:
If you’ve been following my reviews lately, then you would know I have made myself a goal, to start finishing all these series I’ve started and then forgotten about. Next up in my pile was Hush, Hush, which I first read in 2012. Here is my original review(I gave it 3 stars):

I’ve read a lot of negative reviews about this book, but personally I kinda liked it. I read it within around three days, the storyline just grabbed me. Paraanormal romances are a dime a dozen these days, and most aren’t very good at all, but I did enjoy this story of fallen angels. Interesting concepts of getting back into heaven by becoming guardians, or by becoming human by killing a possessed Nephilim host. Not really sure what it was in this book that hooked me, but whatever it was allowed me to overlook some annoying little details, which I won’t point out because then you’ll notice them everywhere. So I’ll leave them for now!


Back then I obviously believed in more of allowing readers to make their own decisions without being influenced by my sorry excuse for a review. These days, that doesn’t bother me so much and I just say exactly what I think in my reviews. Like, that I think Nora is one of the most ‘wishy-washy’ characters I’ve read who seems to have little sense of self-preservation as she continually wanders into dark alleys and other potentially dangerous or just flat-out dangerous situations.

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Half-Bad

Author: Sally Green
Series: Half-Life, Book 1
Publisher: Penguin
Star Rating: 3/5
Date Read: June 2nd to 4th, 2014
Read Count: 1
Review:
I was lucky enough to score a pretty, special silver-covered copy of this book from PTALive Melbourne. Score! But now I’ve read it, and I don’t know how to write this review, and I don’t know how to rate this book. So I’m just going to start typing and hopefully I’ll figure it out…

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