BLACK MOON |THE BROKEN TRILOGY #3

32944085Black Moon by L.A Weatherly
Published by Usborne Publishing Ltd.
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
For fans of: Mockingjay, war novels, Legend
My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Welcome to New Manhattan, home of dictator, Kay Pierce, and her enemies in the resistance…

Leading them is Amity. Working undercover for them is the man who betrayed her.

Because even when her world is broken, Amity will risk her life to fix it.

Set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America, Black Moon brings this epic series of corruption, romance and intrigue to an explosive finale.


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A DISOBEDEINT GIRL – RU FREEMAN

A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman6350150
Published by the Penguin Group
Genres: Fiction, Asian Cultural, Contemporary, Family
Rating: 4.1/5 (I am partially biased because it was a Sri Lankan author)
Post Book Thoughts: Well don’t I live in a bubble!

A desperate young mother, a country in turmoil, a friendship betrayed.

Since her days in the orphanage, Latha has been a companion and servant to Thara, a more fortunate girl her own age. But since her trip to the hill-country, Latha has known she was destined for a better life. For now, she must watch silently as Thara receives all the luxuries Latha is denied, consoled only by the rose-scented soap stolen from the bathroom of her master’s house.

Years and miles away, Biso, a desperate young mother, flees from her murderous husband, taking her children with her to the remote hills. As Biso and Latha journey towards their separate fates, struggling to hold on to their independence, each will betray the people they love, changing the course of their life for ever.


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ONE INDIAN GIRL – CHETAN BHAGAT

One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagatdownload
Published
by Rupa Publications India Pvt Ltd
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Asian Literature
Rating: 0.5/5
Post Book Thoughts: ANGRY! ANGRYANGRYANGRYANGRYANGRY!!!

Hi, I am Radhika Mehta and I am getting married this week.

I work at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank. Thank you for reading my story. However, let me warn you. You may not like me too much.

One, I make a lot of money.

Two, I have an opinion on everything.

Three, I have had a boyfriend before, Okay, maybe two.

Now if I was a guy, you would be okay with all of this. But since I am a girl, these three things don’t really make me too likeable do they?


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YOU’RE WELCOME UNIVERSE – WHITNEY GARDNER

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You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner
Published by Knopf’s Books for Young Readers
Genre: Contemporary, YA
For Fans of:  Art, graffiti, wonderfully diverse books, friendcentric stories
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.


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MISSING – KELLEY ARMSTRONG

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Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
Genres: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Contemporary
For Fans of: Kelley Armstrong, the Taken movies, predictable quick-read mystery novels
My rating: 2 stars out of 5

The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?


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DIRT – DAVID VANN

Processed with VSCO with b1 presetDirt by David Vann
Published by Windmill Books
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Contemporary
Rating: 2/5
Post book thoughts:  I need a shower, and alcohol and an antidepressant and some form of brain bleach thank you. Yes I would like fries with that too.

Twenty-two-year-old Galen is a New Age believer on a warpath towards transcendence. He lives with his emotionally dependent mother in a secluded house, surviving on old family money that his Aunt Helen and cousin Jennifer are determined to get their hands on. Galen doesn’t know who his father is, his abusive grandfather is dead, and his grandmother is losing her memory. When the family takes a trip to an old cabin in the Sierras, tensions crescendo. Caught in a compromising position, Galen will discover the shocking truth of just how far he will go to attain what it is he craves.


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THE GRAVEYARD BOOK – NEIL GAIMAN

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Illustrated by Chris Riddell (This piece of information is so very important because he’s only like one of the greatest illustrators out there)
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing, London, Oxford, New York, New Delhi and Sydney
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Children’s literature, Paranormal
Rating: Am I allowed to go above 5 stars here?!
Post Book Thoughts: I currently cannot think of a thought worthy of this book so leave me alone.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.

A deliciously dark masterwork by bestselling author Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by award-winning Chris Riddell.


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IDA – ALISON EVANS

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Published by: Bonnier Publishing Australia
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
For fans of: wonderfully diverse books, time travel, alternate universes!
My rating: 2 stars out of 5

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.

How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back?


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AND THE WINNER IS…

So, our first giveaway Celebrating Freedom and Diverse Books has come to a close!

For the entire month of February, So We Read This Book hosted a giveaway to promote some of Sri Lanka’s wonderful local literature. The prize? One of three incredible books written by Sri Lankan authors. The giveaway ended yesterday, and we’re all super thrilled to announce the winner.

So, without further ado:

*Opens envelope*

*looks at band*

Drum roll, please.

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Congratulations Akiel!

We’ll contact you later today to let you know that you’ve won, and also to double check on which book you want as your prize.

To everyone else: thank you so much for following us, and for entering the giveaway. We’re sorry that we can’t give all of your gifts (we really wish we could) but we hope that you’ve got a few more books on your TBR and have learned a few things about our island.

Stay tuned for more reviews, giveaways and other bookish things, you guys!

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