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NETHERFIELD PREP – ELIZABETH STEVENS

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.  Seriously, nothing beats Lizzy 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.  What I found to be so intriguing about this book is that, while it was essentially the same story, I str…

THE POWER OF ONE – BRYCE COURTENAY

1939, South Africa, where the seeds of apartheid were newly sown. There Peekay was born. He spoke the wrong language–English. He was nursed by a woman of the wrong color–black. His childhood marked by humiliation and abandonment. Yet he vowed to survive - to become welterweight champion of the world. 
He embarked on an epic journey where he would learn the power of words, to transform lives, and the power that would sustain him even when it appeared that villainy would rule: The Power of One.

Spoiler Warning!  This review may contain spoilers 

The Power of One follows a young boy as he navigates his way through life in the divided and hostile lands of South Africa.  It is the story of an English child who refuses to be demoralised by the discrimination that constantly surrounds him.  It is the story of Peekay, the boy who brought hope to the hopeless and sight to the ignorant, the boy who fought against oppression. 
On his journey to becoming a man, Peekay encounters a number of diverse f…

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

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 their 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 abilities.
In a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

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...

This was an absolutely amazing conclusion for the trilogy, wrapping up the plot nicely with a considerably painful fusion of anguish and jubilance.  It is sad that this series has …

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

A world-defying love is put to the test in the bestselling sequel to Veronica Rossi's, Under the Never Sky. Fantasy and dystopian combines to create a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.
It's been months since Aria saw Perry. Now, finally, they are to be reunited. But it is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, and with worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe, Aria begins to fear leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.
Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, 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 the complex beauty of this book and the world inside of it. 

The story picks up where the first book ended, with Aria back on the outside, Perry shoulderi…

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

WORLDS KEPT THEM APART. DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.
Aria has lived her life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim. Then Aria meets Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage.
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 book 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 I found that a couldn’t put it down.

In the post-apocalyptic world, the people are d…