The Ruby Circle – book review

The Ruby Circle

The Ruby Circle is the final and unforgettable book in the Bloodlines series, written by Richelle Mead.

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist – a human who’s purpose is to protect vampire secrets and human lives. With their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing terrible forces from both the Alchemists and the Moroi.

With the life of someone they love on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. She and Adrian find themselves tangled in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic; a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever…

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I still can’t believe this series is over. After six amazing books, and before that, another six fantastic books from the Vampire Academy series, I can’t help but feel a twinge of sadness when I think about how I’ve finally finished reading about these people I’ve grown to love. But that doesn’t mean I feel any less happy about how this series turned out and I will always have great memories from reading these books. Well, most of those memories will be me either crying my eyes out or screaming at the pages, but all the same. Great memories. And I definitely won’t be forgetting this book any time soon.

While I loved the plot and found this book incredibly grabbing, I wished I had more time with Sydney and Adrian together. My favourite parts of this series was the times where Sydney and Adrian were having their conversations or some of their sweet moments, and I felt like I didn’t have as much of that in this book that I would have liked. Nevertheless, I adored every minute I spent reading this book and I literally couldn’t put this book down. I’m not even kidding about that. I finished this book in less than a day because I refused to put it down, whether that was during classes, walking to places or even eating. Yes, it was one of those books.

I found it very easy to pick up this book, even though it had been about a year since I read the previous book in the series, Silver Shadows. Richelle Mead does a really great job of making these book flow really smoothly. I felt like I could easily remember what went on in all the other books in the series without any effort, which is something that is hard to do with some series.

There was only one thing that I felt could have been improved with this book. I felt like the ending was a tiny bit rushed. I don’t really know what I was expecting with the ending and don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy with the way things worked out, I just would have liked the ending drawn out a little more so I could just spend those last few moments with the characters I hold so dearly.

One of my favourite characters of all time is Adrian. He’s definitely one of my book boyfriends. As much as I loved Dimitri in Vampire Academy, I just loved Adrian so much more. He was flawed and complicated and sweet and completely devoted to Sydney. We’re all so lucky to have had so much time with Adrian, but I still wish I could have more time with him. Sydney was another character I’ve loved going on a journey with thought this series. I feel like both of these characters have grown so much from the beginning of Bloodlines up until now. Both Sydney and Adrian have become so fearless in so many ways and I’ve loved watching their personalities develop throughout this series.

I’m hesitant to say much more, because there’s not much you can really say with books like these – the sixth book in the series of a spin off of another series. Just know that I loved this book so much and I’m really looking forward to reading the things Richelle writes next. I’d give The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead a score of 9.5 out of 10. If any of you have read this book or are contemplating reading it, I’d love to know! I definitely recommend this series!

The Ultimate Book Tag!

Thanks so much to Shannon Buchanan for tagging me in The Ultimate Book Tag! I’ve never done a book tag before so here goes…

Do you get sick while reading in the car?

If I’m in the front, I can read for hours without getting sick. If I’m in the back, it’s a completely different story! It wouldn’t be pretty…

Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

I love how unique E. Lockhart’s writing style is. I’ve read We Were Liars and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and I think her writing is very different to other authors, especially in We Were Liars. 

Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give three points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter. I love that series so much and it was such a big part of my childhood – the books, the movies, everything. I’m lucky to be a part of the generation that grew up with Harry and reading those books will always bring upon nostalgia. One of the things I love most about the Harry Potter series is the positive messages it contains – there is good and bad within all of us and what counts is what side we choose to act on, and how love gives you strength. Also, none of the characters in Harry Potter are in any way one-dimensional and they are all so complex and I loved getting to know them better with each book, whereas I didn’t feel as though a lot of the characters were overly complex in Twilight. Twilight was entertaining enough, but Harry Potter will always be the ‘classic’ for our generation and it will always have a special place in my heart.

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

I don’t really call my backpack a book bag, but I suppose that’s what it is because that’s what’s in it most of the time! As well as a book, I also will carry a notebook, pen, money, phone and earphones in my bag. Oh, and keys preferably, if I want to get back into my house where it’s warm and there is an abundance of books.

Do you smell your books?

Yes, of course! Who doesn’t? They smell so amazing. Old, new, it doesn’t matter, I love smelling them all. I do have a friend who licks books and I think that’s weird. Like, smelling I totally get. Licking? Nope. Do any of you lick books?

Books with or without little illustrations?

I’m not against books with little illustrations, I just don’t have any books with illustrations. Because of that, I’ll have to say books without, though I’m not against the idea of having cute little illustrations intermittently or something.

What book did you love while reading but discovered later that it wasn’t quality writing?

I feel like all the books I’ve read have been quality in their own ways, even books that are not commonly known to be well-written. Every author has their own style and I respect that. I’m not saying that every book that is published is amazing quality, but I respect the author and their writing.

Do you have any funny stores involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Okay, so if you read my Versatile Blogger Award post, you’ll know this story. This one happened recently, so it’s not exactly from my childhood, but I think it’s funny.

So I have a part time job in my favourite book shop and one time I was stamping the book shop logo onto brown paper bags when this man came up to me. He said, ‘Hello! Good morning, oh, afternoon!’ and I’m thinking, Why are you in such a good mood? Like, I love book shops too, but you’re so happy! Anyway, then the man said, ‘I’m here to sign some books.’ And I asked him, ‘What books?’ And he said like I should know, ‘The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect.’ Immediately, I got that kind of star-struck feeling I get when talking to famous people. At that moment, my colleges came to my rescue and handed him a massive pile of his books. I don’t think I would have been able to move because I was staring at the author of The Rosie Project! Okay, I haven’t even read those books and I was still affected by his author-presence. Anyway, he was signing books and I may have been staring at him. He looked up at me and said seriously, ‘You know, it’s really frustrating having to flick four pages into the book instead of one to sign it because I’ve got all this praise for my books.’ I said back, equally as serious, ‘Yeah, it must be really hard being a bestselling author.’ And then he left and I was back to stamping my paper bags, dreaming of the day I have my first book published…

And it just so happens that I made a whole video on this incident on my YouTube channel, Sarah Dreams. You can check out that video here!

What is the tinniest book on your shelf?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky. Great book. Small book too.

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. That book is massive and I love every bit of it!

Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself as being an author?

I absolutely love writing and when I’m not reading, you would be able to find me writing. I mostly write fiction, and I love entering competitions. Over last summer I wrote the first draft of my first attempt at a novel and I would love to keep editing that throughout this year. It’s my dream to be an author and I hope one day people will enjoy reading what I write. You can check out some of my short stories here.

When did you get into reading?

I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember so I don’t think I ever got into reading, I was just raised amongst books. I lived and breathed them from a young age and I know my love for books will always be with me.

What is your favourite classic book?

The Great Gatsby counts as a classic, right? I love that book so much and all of the characters are complex and interesting and I admire Gatsby’s determination to achieve his dream, however unrealistic it may seem.

In school what was your best subject? Language/Arts/English?

My best subject is English because I enjoy it. I find it so much easier to do things when you enjoy it. I really love analysing books and writing styles and that’s why I think English is my best subject.

If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

I would thank the person and tell them unfortunately I have already read that book and I would ask them if it is possible to exchange it for another book, and I would give them a couple of ideas as to which book I would like instead. They didn’t need to know that I hated the book with a passion and would be reevaluating our friendship because of their poor choice 😉

What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

I often get really distracted on my laptop and the internet and I’ll start writing a review and then get sidetracked, remembering a few hours later what I got on my laptop to do in the first place. That happens quite a lot.

What is your favourite word?

INDUBITABLY – impossible to doubt, unquestionable. It’s just so fun to say!

Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

All of the above! I’m proud not to be ‘normal’ and I think that everyone who is called those things should take it as a compliment because it’s basically saying ‘I’m not boring and conventional!’ I pride myself on my individuality and I don’t believe in conformity. Live your life how you want to live it, and don’t let society dictate your actions. Check out my video Dare to Dream by clicking here to find out more on my views of individuality and how people shouldn’t be afraid to be who they really are, not matter what people think of them.

Vampires or fairies? Why?

Vampires because vampires are just awesome. And with the amount of time I spend inside either reading, writing or on my laptop, I may as well be a vampire. Also, I like the night a lot more than the day. Because I’m practically constantly sleep-deprived, the night is kinder on my eyes and my headaches from lack of sleep.

Shapeshifters or angels? Why?

Angels because it would be cool to be able to fly and helping people would be a nice thing to do.

Spirits or werewolves? Why?

Spirits because I wouldn’t like to be that hairy. Also, I’m more of a cat person than a dog person.

Zombies or vampires? Why?

Vampires again because of the same reasons as before.

Love triangles or forbidden love?

Forbidden love! I’m finding that love triangles are a little overused in YA literature now and it can often be risky because it might come across as cheesy. I love a well-written love triangle, but I think that it’s safer to both write and read a forbidden love for a lot of the time.

And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

I think it’s always good to have a balance of both in books, so I’m not one of those people who goes for the full-on romances. I like reading a bit of romance in the books I read, but sometimes I feel as though it can be a little over-done. Besides, when there are only a few love scenes mixed in, that makes them all the more enjoyable and highly anticipated.

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Girl Online – book review

Girl Online

Girl Online is the beautifully written and stunning book by Zoe Sugg.

Penny has a secret. She has a blog and under the alias Girl Online, she write about all her school dramas, boys, her somewhat crazy family – and the panic attacks she’s been suffering from lately. When things turn from bad to worse, her family whisks her and her best friend Elliot away to New York. There, in the magical city, she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every beautiful second of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. It’s one that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

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I absolutely loved reading Girl Online. I had been excited to read this ever since I learned that one of my favourite YouTubers, Zoella, was having a book published. To be honest, I would read anything Zoe wrote because I think she’s a wonderful woman and a great role model. But I didn’t love this book simply because it’s written by Zoella, I loved it because it was a great book, regardless of who wrote it. I think it’s unfair to judge a book based on who writes it, it needs to be judged based on the quality of the writing and how it ultimately makes you feel. And this book definitely made me feel.

This book is ultimately about a girl with anxiety trying to express her emotions and things that go on with her through her anonymous blog. I really loved the ideas that were explored in this book. Having a main character with anxiety felt like something that hasn’t been done before in a YA book. I haven’t read any book that deals with issues like anxiety. I loved Girl Online because a few of my friends have problems with anxiety and I’ve never known what it must really be like for them. I try to be a supportive friend, but it’s hard when you don’t know how that feels and what could prompt these panic attacks, which the main character, Penny, also suffers from. By reading this book, I learnt more about what it must feel like to live with anxiety. I’m not saying I’m now an expert on the issue, I’m just saying this book has definitely given me an insight into what my friends and thousands and thousands of people must be dealing with. Almost every book that I read teaches me something knew or opens my eyes to a new aspect of life, and Girl Online is no exception.

Parts of this book could come across as a little cliché, but I liked it nonetheless. I’ve read books similar to this one, but that doesn’t mean I loved Girl Online any less. It was a very satisfying read and it kept me intrigued the whole time. There wasn’t one single moment in this book that I was bored because the pacing was perfect. I ended up finishing this book in less than a day. I bought the book from my local bookshop in the morning, and by late afternoon, I was turning the last page, tears of satisfaction in my eyes. If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you’ll know that I’m an emotional crier and I’ll cry in almost every book I read. This book was just so satisfying and I loved the ending that I couldn’t help but shed a tear. Do any of you cry from satisfaction?

One part I really enjoyed reading of this book was the parts written by Girl Online, Penny’s alias. These were in the form of blog posts, and she would write about things she’s feeling or things that are going on in her life as the moment. I loved reading these and they really added to the story. Most of the things that were written on Penny’s blog weren’t discussed in that particular way from what went on in Penny’s mind throughout the book. I would definitely follow Girl Online’s blog! It was really interesting to read some of the comments on the blog too, and to be honest, it made me want to set up an anonymous blog, even though I’d probably write on it twice and not get nearly as many followers as Girl Online had.

The characters were stunning and so beautifully written, and they’d have to be my favourite thing about this book. Penny was a brilliant main character. I loved her personality and everything about her was believable. I loved seeing and hearing about how clumsy she was, because that’s exactly what I’m like! Okay, maybe not quite as clumsy as Penny, but very nearly. I loved seeing her character develop throughout the book. Penny started as a somewhat shy girl that cared about what everyone thought of her and worried about how other people saw her. I liked seeing her grow into the person she wanted to be and how she learnt that the opinions of other people don’t matter as much as her own. She learnt that people are always going to be judgemental and there will always be those types of people in the world that just want to cause trouble, but she learnt that those people don’t matter. The people that matter to her are her family and friends. In the beginning of the book, she was afraid of her anxiety and panic attacks and didn’t know how to deal with them. As the book progresses, and with some helpful tips, Penny learnt how to accept these things, and from there, she could try to make things better. Penny also struggles with bullying and this theme was explored in the book as well. This book is definitely not just a sweet, light story, it has a lot of depth to it and I really appreciated reading about these important issues that almost every person has to deal with at some point or another in their life. Overall, Penny was a loveable character who was very easy to connect with. Everything that was going on in her life was realistic and I absolutely loved following her on this journey.

Another one of my favourite characters was Elliot. I loved his personality and how close he was with Penny. He was a fun character to be around and he always had something hilarious to say. I also loved reading about Noah, the boy with the mysterious past. I guessed Noah’s ‘big secret’ long before I was proven to be correct just because I’ve recently read a book similar to this, but that didn’t make the suspense less real. I still was guessing if I was going to be right or not, and I loved the way things played out with Noah. He was a beautifully written character and I absolutely loved learning more about him and his life before meeting Penny. I would really love to sit and type about all of the characters in this book all day long, but I think that you just really need to read the book if you haven’t already. One last thing I’m going to say on characters is that they’re all so vividly different from one another in this story and although some of them can be a tiny bit one-dimensional, they were all fantastic to read about.

Having a lot of this book set in New York was also amazing to read about. To me, New York is like another character in itself. New York is just such a vibrant place where anything goes. I recently went to New York for the first time and I was as overwhelmed as Penny was. I loved reading about New York and it really brought back some great memories. If you’ve never been to New York, this book pretty much shows it perfectly – the loudness of the streets, the yellow taxis lining the roads, the red brick buildings of Brooklyn, the skyscrapers reaching into the clouds. New York is really both a magical and gritty place to set a story in. There’s a certain charm and lure about New York City that makes it so wonderful and it really shapes the characters and the writing of any novel that it set there.

Overall, I completely loved reading Girl Online. The characters were vibrant and alive, the plot, even though somewhat predictable and clichéd, was fun to read and the overall book flowed very smoothly. The voice of 16 year-old Penny was perfectly written and extremely believable. I’m so pleased I loved reading this book and I’m so incredibly happy for Zoella. I’d give Girl Online by Zoe Sugg a score of 9 out of 10. I can’t wait to read whatever Zoe writes next!

Love Letters to the Dead – book review

Love Letters to the Dead

Love Letters to the Dead a different and enticing book, written by Ava Dellaira.

When Laurel’s English class assignment is to write a letter to a dead person, she writes about her much-admired sister who tragically died. Once she writes her first letter, one to Kurt Cobain, she can’t stop. She writes about her life, everything that has happened to her, her starting high school, the family that is her own but no longer really feels like it, falling in love for the first time, and trying to grieve for her sister, May. But it’s hard to mourn for someone you haven’t completely forgiven?

As Laurel writes these letters, she begins to accept the truth about her past and what happened to May. Only when she starts to see her sister as the person she really was – lovely and beautiful and deeply flawed – can she begin to truly discover her own path.

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I had mixed feelings about Love Letters to the Dead. There were some aspects of it that I really enjoyed, others not so. The beginning was initially really enticing. I was excited to read this book and find out more about Laurel and what had happened in her life up to the point of her writing her first letter to a dead person. I liked the overall idea for the story – a girl trying to fit in at her school, getting over the death of her sister who she admired so much, and crushing on a boy at her school – and this was all told through the writing of letters to dead people. Because of that, it kind of had a journal entry-type feel to it.

The writing was informal and I thought the voice didn’t really reflect the character’s age. Laurel has just started high school in America. I’m not too familiar with the system of schooling there, but I’m guessing she would be around 15 years old. But her voice seemed too immature and juvenile. The way most of the letters were written followed a structure that didn’t vary or make it very interesting. Lauren usually talked about the person’s life, what she liked about them, how they would feel in certain situations and then she told them what was going on in her life. This structure got a bit repetitive and a little dull by the end. I still loved the idea of writing to dead people and telling them your problems as a way that you can subconsciously get over your problems yourself, but I just couldn’t really connect with Laurel’s voice.

I also found Laurel’s voice a bit inconsistent. There were times where Laurel seemed too philosophical, compared to what she sounded like in the rest of the book. Some of the things she said were really poetic and beautiful, it just didn’t match her personality, the way she acted, or the way she talked most of the time. The way the letters were written was also very disjointed with short and choppy sentences. If this book aimed to be exactly the same as a diary of the average 12 year-old, it certainly achieved that goal. It just didn’t make me feel.

I’m going to stay on the same topic of Laurel for a minute and talk about her character. I didn’t find her character very interesting or relatable. She was a little dull and wasn’t that unique. There was nothing about her that particularly stood out or stuck in my mind as being memorable. I got annoyed at her frequently for being too naïve to make her own decisions in life and stand up for what she believed in. She was constantly being pulled into things from peer pressure and I would have liked to see her character develop into a person who stood up for themselves and what they think, but unfortunately, I didn’t really feel that happen. She was too naïve to be a believable teenager and she is so much of a follower who is desperate to be loved that she becomes frustrating and annoying. Lots of bad things happened to Laurel in this book, but I didn’t really care about that because I didn’t feel connected to her. I wished I felt something for her so I could be more emotionally-invested in the story, but that unfortunately didn’t happen. Laurel is also supposed to be devastated over losing her sister, but I also didn’t really feel that. Her grief wasn’t there as much as I would have liked it to be. I got the sense that a lot of it was suppressed, but I would have liked to see her more emotional so I would feel something for her.

Laurel’s friends were the most interesting people in the story. Almost all of them were unique in some way and I liked getting to know them for the most part. Even though they could pressure Laurel into pretty much anything, at least they did something interesting. It felt like most of this book was Laurel talking about her school day and what happened and that OMG cute-boy Sky looked my way today! I’m sorry, but this got really boring. There was no chemistry between her and Sky and I was disappointed that Sky didn’t made me swoon at all. I want to swoon, because then I feel like an active participant in the book!
The end of this book was a bit predictable. It didn’t leave me with the in-awe feeling that I love. It didn’t leave me feeling anything, really. I really had high hopes for this book. In a way, it reminded me of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This book was similar in some ways to The Perks, and if I had to choose my favourite of them, it would definitely be The Perks. Overall, I’d give Love Letters to the Dead a score of 6 out of 10. If you’re considering reading this book, I wouldn’t get your hopes up too high. If you’ve read this one, let me know what your thoughts are!

Thank you to Hot Key Books Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

Chasing Before – book review

Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans

Chasing Before is the second thrilling book in The Memory Chronicles, written by Lenore Appelhans.

It’s expected that when Felicia and Neil arrive in Level 3, they’ll be starting to prepare for their divine vocations. But a series of explosions ripping through Level 3 during Felicia and Neil’s training period changes everything. Tensions rise and casualties mount. A rift forms between Felicia and Neil, and it grows wider when Felicia starts to receive memories from the Morati. These memories make her doubt those she loves, but she can’t stop her curiosity from taking over. Felicia has to find out the truth about her life – even if that means putting everything at risk.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really grabbing and I didn’t want to put it down. It’s been a while since I’ve read the first book in this series, but I had no problems getting to know the characters again and remembering exactly what was going on. I fell back into Felecia’s world immediately. I remember that I didn’t like the first book in this series very much. However, this book definitely made up for it. I loved every second I spent reading it and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen. Honestly, I didn’t have very high hopes for this book because I didn’t enjoy the last one too much. But I found my expectations were greatly exceeded. There was so much action in this book and so many twists that I never saw coming. Perhaps the first book was just setting the scene for this one. I felt so much more connected to the characters and the storyline in this book. Whatever Lenore Appelhans did to make this book so much better than the first, I love it.
I liked Felicia a lot more in Chasing Before. I really enjoyed watching her desperately try to seek out the memories from her past. I liked her determination in trying to discover the secrets of before. I wanted her to discover the truth, and I found that I wanted to find out the secrets of her past just as much as she did. I really liked Neil in this book. I was unsure if I really liked him in the last book, but I fell in love with him in this one. Another character I loved in this book was Julian. The love triangle between Julian, Neil and Felicia worked very well. There was something about Julian that made me fall in love with him, but ultimately I knew I wanted Felicia and Neil to stay together. One more character that I really enjoyed spending time with in this book was Autumn. She was Felicia’s friend when they were both alive. I liked getting to know her better and seeing how her and Felicia worked together. Those four characters definitely stood out to me and I loved getting to know them even more. The only thing about this book that I felt could have been improved is getting into more depth or just forming more relationships between Felicia and the minor characters. I didn’t ever quite get to know how some of the characters fit into the story and I felt as though a couple of them weren’t very important, and therefore I didn’t care about them like I did for the main characters.
Another one of my favourite aspects of this book would be all of the twists. This book had more twists than a corkscrew. I loved not knowing if I could trust everyone and everything that was going on. At the end of almost every chapter, something new happened or something changed to make me feel as though I had to keep reading. I didn’t want to put the book down! It was so intriguing and thrilling. I’d give Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans a score of 8.5 out of 10. If you’ve read Level 2/The Memory of After, I’d definitely recommend reading this one!

Thank you to Allen & Unwin for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

Messenger of Fear – book review

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Messenger of Fear is Michael Grant’s new and riveting book.

When Mara wakes up in a field with a heavy mist around her, she fears she is dead. Then a beautiful young man dressed in black appears – he calls himself Messenger of Fear.

This boy has the ability to move through time and space, seeing the darkness in human hearts. He sees the destructive lies, the cruelty, the bullying and the violence in our world. And if the world doesn’t bring justice to those who do evil, he will. He offers the wrongdoers a game. If they win, they can go free. If they lose, the will live their greatest fear. Either way, they’ll never be the same once their sanity is challenged.

The world’s justice is fair but harsh. There is retribution and redemption in this world, as well as mysteries and secrets. Why was Mara chosen to be the Messenger’s apprentice? What has she done to deserve such a terrible fate? Mara won’t find out until all three of the wicked receive justice. But once Mara knows the truth, she will be shattered.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book. It was incredibly grabbing and I didn’t want to put it down. The start was really intriguing and it kept my attention for the whole book. Although at the beginning I was quite confused as to what was going on, but that was simply because the main character Mara didn’t know what was happening. I understood that things would get revealed slowly and I was excited to learn more about what was going to happen. The anticipation of learning what was the point of all of what was happening was incredibly alluring. I practically devoured this novel and I’m very satisfied with how everything turned out.
In this book, we get to know quite a few characters and I liked all of them. I wasn’t totally connected with Mara, but I felt for her. The one character who I was really interested to read more about was Samantha. I loved her story, even though it was heartbreaking. Mara and Messenger are the people we spend the most time with. I didn’t know much about Mara at all. There were hints as to what her life might be like, but Messenger had a lot to do with what she knew. At first, I was a little frustrated about knowing hardly anything about Mara, but this worked really well for the story and made the ending all the more shocking. I liked Messenger from the start. He was mysterious and I had a strange feeling that he was going to be a love-interest. I was surprised that this book didn’t involve romance, as most YA books do. It was refreshing to read a book that kept me interested purely for what was going on, not for the romance.
In saying that, this book didn’t really have a fixed plot. I didn’t have any ideas where this was going and what the point of everything was. But I really liked it because this was part of what made this book so intriguing. I haven’t read a book like this one before and I loved it for its originality and how unique it is. This book is also really well-written. I loved the writing style and I thought the pacing was perfect. There wasn’t a single moment where I was bored. Another thing I loved about this book was how it had three subplots. All of these were fascinating to read about and I really got to understand the characters in these.
More importantly, I loved the messages this story held. This book is about how there can be a fine line between the good and evil in people, and sometimes people think they are doing the right thing when in fact they are doing something they’ll regret. It taught me about how cruel people can be and how we expect these people to be punished for there wrongdoings, but until we understand the person and the circumstances, we can’t make judgements about how these people should be treated. It shows the reality of the world we live in and the injustice in it. This book shows that you should think about your actions and the effects they will have not only on yourself, but also on the people around you.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s different from anything I’ve ever read and I definitely recommend it if this sounds like the type of book you’d be interested in. This is a really interesting book and it’d definitely worth reading. I’d give Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant a score of 8.5 out of 10.

A huge thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!