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Taste by Kate Evangelista

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Release date: April 30 2012
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Number of pages: 259
My rating: 3/5
Taste was an alright read. It wasn't especially fantastic, but it wasn't bad either. It did have flaws, but I loved the world building and the whole idea of the Zhamvy.

Taste is about a girl who stumbles onto a hidden city full of Zhamvy. The Zhamvy are actually zombies, but instead of eating brains, they eat flesh.

The MC, Phoenix was alright. She got onto my nerves sometimes. she was probably a bit plain, and I didn't really like her that much. She has issues with her dad, but the issues felt a bit out of place. She was a bit rebellious, and she would randomly drop things such as "I had kissed plenty of boys before" it was a bit random, and it didn't seem to fit in very well with her personality.

The secondary characters were alright. Many characters meshed together. The only characters that really stood out of my was Preya, Luka, Demitri, and Yana. I couldn't really…

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

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Release date: January 4 2011

Publisher: Harpercollins Australia

Number of pages: 432

My rating: 5/5

Unearthly exceeded all expectations I had for it. Lets face it, even though it's an amazing book, the blurb sucks. As soon as I read it, I thought : "Bleh. Another shitty angel book." I promptly put the book back on the shelf and walked away. How wrong I was! Even though the blurb makes it sound like a pile of crap, this book was amazing! And that cover... *hyperventilates*. I love the Australian cover. The US one looks a bit dull to me.

The characters were really good. Clara, the main character, wasn't whiny or annoying. She wasn't depressing or boring. My biggest problem with people in YA books, is that half of them are all like: "Wahh, I'm such a loser! I really want to be cool, but I'm just so lame. *Cries*." And it makes me want to tear my hair out. Clara wasn't like that. She was strong, she was stable, and she didn't care about her hair,…

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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Release date: February 1 2011

Publisher: Harperteen

Number of pages: 480

My rating: 2/5

Hmmm. I really expected to like this more. I never really wanted to read Delirium. The blurb and the entire concept always put me off: "She does the unthinkable: she falls in love." -.-
In fact, I pretty much gagged when I saw that, but after reading Before I Fall, I decided that I must read more of Lauren Oliver's stuff.

Oops. Delirium is about a dystopian society, where love is outlawed and citizens recieve a cure for it at 18. The plotline was very slow, and creeped on and on. The romance was boring and predictable, and the book almost sent me to sleep sometimes. Annoyingly, I actually own a copy of this. Luckily, I just gave it to a friend, because it was taking up space, and I knew that I would never read it again.

The characters were alright. The main character, Lena was a bit boring. She always seemed to go on about how plain she is. Really, she was nothing special. I don't see wh…

Fallen by Lauren Kate

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Release date: December 8 2009

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Number of pages: 452

My rating: 1/5

I went into Fallen with incredibly low expectations. I had heard so many bad things about this book. Fallen did exceed my expectations, and wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. However, it is still a tacky, boring, and stupid story.

The main character, Luce, is incredibly stupid. It is mentioned that she is a top student, with a scholarship to a really good school. Luce is an idiot. She stalks Daniel obsessively, even after he flips her off.

The whole Angel thing is not revealed until the reader is already 90% into the book. That was way too slow. On the back, it actually says: Some angels are destined to fall.
Therefore, the reader knows that it's about angels. However, in the end, it is treated like some sort of massive reveal.

"You're an angel."
No shit. I found that out about 2 seconds after I picked up the book, you don't need to tell me again.

There was not muc…

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

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Release Date: May 22 2012

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont

Number of Pages: 324

My Rating: 3/5

Of Poseidon was just ok. Definitely readable, but pretty bland.

Emma is about a part mermaid with the ability to communicate with fish, and Galen is a royal mermaid. The story is told with alternating perspectives. That was one problem, because Emma's side was told in 1st person, while Galen's side was told in 3rd person. This got sort of weird, and you'd have to adapt quickly.

They both meet while Emma's on holiday. Galen sees her communicate with fish, and then stalks her back home.

I don't think enough happened in this novel. Emma finds out what she is, and Galen swims around. We follow Galen through random trips to places, and Emma hangs out with various friends of Galen. I really wanted more significant things to happen. I think that we spend an entire chapter on Galen swimming to Europe.

Many weird things happened in this book. So weird that I questioned Emma and Galen'…

The Tomb by Dave Ferarro

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Published: July 1 2011

My rating: 2/5

This book was definitely pretty exciting. Like edge-of-my-seat exciting. I could barely put my laptop down (which had the book on it). However, even though it was extremely exciting, it definitely had it's flaws.

The Tomb is about an 18 year old girl called Rachel Thyme on an archaeology dig on an island near Australia. Strange things start to happen to the crew members, and there have been rumors of a curse on the island

Even though it was near Australia, it didn't sound very Australian to me. Where was the island? No wildlife or Australian plants were mentioned. On a remote island, I would expect to see heaps of wildlife and gum trees or something.

The characters were alright. Rachel was alright, but kind of bland. The other characters all sort of meshed together in my head, because no one really stood out (except for Kelly, Cyrena, and Hinako). None of the characters were too bad - I've had characters make me want to rip my hair out. But…

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