We Are Blood and Thunder Book Review

We are Blood and Thunder Book Cover We are Blood and Thunder
Kesia Lupo
Fantasy, Young Adult
Bloomsbury YA
April 4th 2019
Paperback
428

In a sealed-off city, it begins with a hunt. A young woman, Lena, running for her life, convicted of being a mage and sentenced to death. Her only way to survive is to trust those she has been brought up to fear - those with magic.

On the other side of the locked gates is a masked lady, Constance, determined to find a way back in. She knows only too well how the people of Duke's Forest loathe magic. Years ago she escaped before her powers were discovered. But now she won't hide who she is any longer.

A powerful and terrifying storm cloud unites them. It descends over the dukedom and devastates much in its wake. But this is more than a thunderstorm. This is a spell, and the truth behind why it has been cast is more sinister than anyone can imagine ... Only Lena and Constance hold the key to destroying the spell. Though neither of them realise it, they need each other. They are the blood and they have the thunder within. 

Patron Saints of Nothing Arc Review

Patron Saints of Nothing Book Cover Patron Saints of Nothing
Randy Ribay
Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Kokila
June 18th 2019
Kindle Edition

A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder.

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.

Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth -- and the part he played in it.

As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.

In Search Of Us Book Review

In Search of Us Book Cover In Search of Us
Ava Dellaira
Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Hot Key Books
March 8th 2018
Paperback
389

Angie considers herself unremarkable. She likes history and science, running hard, grilled cheese with burned edges. But today, everything will change.

A photo in an old box, in a drawer. Of her teenage mother with a boy she's never seen before - and yet Angie instantly knows it's her father. The father who died before she was born. But Angie begins to understand that there are things she has not been told. Things that Angie now need to know, more than anything.

And so she sets off in search of her father's story. Her mother's story. And her own story. Because, she comes to realise, the missing pieces always matter.

Midnight Sun Book Review

Midnight Sun Book Cover Midnight Sun
Trish Cook
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Hodder's Children
September 7th 2017
Paperback
258

Seventeen-year-old Katie Price has a rare disease that makes exposure to even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Confined to her house during the day, her company is limited to her widowed father and her best (okay, only) friend. It isn't until after nightfall that Katie's world opens up, when she takes her guitar to the local train station and plays for the people coming and going.

Charlie Reed is a former all-star athlete at a crossroads in his life - and the boy Katie has secretly admired from afar for years. When he happens upon her playing guitar one night, fate intervenes and the two embark on a star-crossed romance.

As they challenge each other to chase their dreams and fall for each other under the summer night sky, Katie and Charlie form a bond strong enough to change them - and everyone around them - forever.