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NETHERFIELD PREP – ELIZABETH STEVENS

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A modern reimagining of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'.

When Lily Brewer’s mum dies, she’s shipped to the other side of the world to her step-sisters’ pompous English boarding school, Netherfield. There, she meets Austin Cooper. Arrogant as hell but with abs to die for, Austin soon becomes the bane of her existence. His twin brother, Jax, is the complete opposite. Kind and sweet, Jax soon strikes up a thing with Lily’s roommate, Anne.
Austin, though seems keen to keep them apart.

Will pride and prejudice ruin them all?
Or, will love win the day?

I simply must start of by saying this novel earned a massive tick from the start because it is based of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I dare say the greatest love story of all time – Romeo and Juliet have nothing on the dear Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy.  I truly appreciate how true to the original story this was and thoroughly enjoyed picking out all the characters and matching them with their Pride and Prejudice muses.  Wha…

THE POWER OF ONE – BRYCE COURTENAY

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First with your head and then with your heart...
In 1939, hatred took root in South Africa, where the seeds of apartheid were newly sown. There a boy called Peekay was born. He spoke the wrong language–English. He was nursed by a woman of the wrong color–black. His childhood was marked by humiliation and abandonment. Yet he vowed to survive–he would become welterweight champion of the world, he would dream heroic dreams. 
But his dreams were nothing compared to what awaited him. For he embarked on an epic journey, where he would learn the power of words, the power to transform lives, and the mystical power that would sustain him even when it appeared that villainy would rule the world: The Power of One.

Spoiler Warning!  This review may contain spoilers that might give you just a tad more information than you should know in approaching this book.  If you are okay with that then go right ahead and read it.  I do my best to avoid giving away too much but sometimes I just cannot help myself…

INTO THE STILL BLUE (UNDER THE NEVER SKY #3) – VERONICA ROSSI

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The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do—and they are just as determined to stay together.
Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities.
In a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.
In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

Spoiler Warning!  This review may contain spoilers that might give you just a tad more information than you should know in approaching this book.  If you are okay with that then go right ahead and read it.  I do my best to avoid giving away too much but s…

THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT (UNDER THE NEVER SKY #2) – VERONICA ROSSI

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A world-defying love is put to the ultimate test in the New York Times bestselling sequel to Veronica Rossi's "masterpiece," Under the Never Sky. Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, and with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, can their love survive through the ever night?

The second installment of the Under the Never Sky trilogy took all the pain, uncertainty, denial and despair, wrapped in a gorgeous little box of sweetness and bliss, and lay it out in front of me with a little bow.  I am struggling to wrap my head around t…

UNDER THE NEVER SKY (UNDER THE NEVER SKY #1) – VERONICA ROSSI

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WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.
DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.


I read this book back when I was in grade 8 and had absolutely fallen in love with it so, when I saw it on the shelf of my favourite bookstore, I really hoped I could rediscover the magic of the story.  And did I ever!  This story was just as enjoyable to read now, around 5 years later, as it was the first time when dorky little me came across the book on a friend’s bookshelf, it was just as genuine and enthralling and…