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about a girlAbout a Girl by Sarah McCarry (#3 in the Metamorphoses series) (St Martin's Griffin, 14 July 2015)

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About a Girl is phenomenal.

I haven't actually read the previous two books in the trilogy; this third book stands fantastically on its own. Well, I've read maybe a third or half of the first book, and while I was enjoying it and I certainly intend to go back and finish it at some point, I don't think it was as captivating as About a Girl was. I picked up About a Girl in the middle of a long plane flight, and four hours later I was coming to the end of the book and crying silently into a bunch of tissues.

About a Girl is... well, about a girl. A girl called Atalanta, or Tally for short. Her mother abandoned her when she was only a baby and she's grown up in the care of her mother's best friend. Tally's into science – astronomy, to be precise. She's a rational person who likes knowledge and order. But she doesn't know much about her mother – and nothing at all about her father. In the summer before she goes off to college, she travels from her home in Brooklyn to a sleepy island near Seattle on her own, on a quest to find out more about her mother and to discover who her father was. But the island is a strange place, and when Tally meets Maddy, a beautiful girl with lion-coloured eyes, she starts to discover knowledge like nothing she's ever known.

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Witch HunterWitch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (#1 in the Witch Hunter series) (Orchard Books, 4 June 2015)

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I went into WITCH HUNTER hoping I would find an awesome female character I could really root for and an exciting plot, but sadly, WITCH HUNTER was a mostly uninspiring read.

Elizabeth Grey is a witch hunter, dedicating her life to capturing those who use magic and making sure they get the punishment they deserve. When she's accused of being a witch herself, she's sent to prison and sentenced to burn at the stake. But she is rescued from prison by Nicholas Perevil, the most notorious and powerful wizard in Anglia. It turns out that Nicholas is weakening, cursed by an unknown wizard, and he asks Elizabeth's help in finding the person who cursed him and breaking the curse. As Elizabeth makes friends with the people she's always been told are her greatest enemies, she must reconsider everything she holds true.

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A Darker Shade of MagicA Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (#1 in the Shades of Magic series) (Titan Books, 27 February 2015)

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Okay, so I was hoping to love this, but I only ended up liking it. I liked it a lot! But it just wasn't quite as awesome as I was expecting. I have to say, I went into this with really high expectations. As I'm sure most of you know, this is pretty much one of the most-hyped books of the year. So perhaps if my expectations had been lower, I would have loved this more.

There are four Londons. Grey London, without magic. Red London, thriving, powerful, full of magic. White London, weakening and starved, hungry for magic and power. Black London, sealed off from the rest, destroyed. Kell is an adopted Prince of Red London and an Antari, one of the very few people remaining who can travel between Londons, who have magic in their blood. When Kell accidentally finds himself in possession of a powerful artefact from Black London, he is hunted by dangerous enemies who would stop at nothing to get the artefact from him. That's when he runs into Delilah Bard, a lonely thief living in Grey London who dreams of adventure and becoming a pirate. Lila ends up tagging along with Kell for the adventure, and the two of them must work together to get rid of the artefact before it falls into the wrong hands.

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In a World Just RightIn a World Just Right by Jen Brooks (Simon Pulse, 28 April 2015)

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This is a difficult book to rate. Part of me enjoyed reading it. I feel like it's well-written and fairly emotionally engaging; I find myself feeling for the main character, Jonathan, even despite all the complaints I have about him which I will explain at length below. But man, do I have lots of complaints.

Jonathan Aubrey survived a plane crash when he was little: a plane crash that killed the rest of his family and left him physically and mentally scarred. He's never been the same since. The tragedy granted him the power to make worlds with his mind: to escape from the reality of his life, he creates a world where Kylie Simms is his girlfriend. In the real world, Kylie Simms doesn't even notice him. But one day, when Jonathan accidentally confuses the two worlds, he tries to kiss the real Kylie Simms – and it seems the two worlds are beginning to interfere with each other. The real Kylie Simms is obsessing over him without knowing why, whereas his girlfriend Kylie is starting to feel doubts about their relationship. How can Jonathan prevent disaster from happening and leaving him all alone again?

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Half WildHalf Wild by Sally Green (#2 in the Half Bad trilogy) (Penguin, 26 March 2015)

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This review contains spoilers for the first book in the trilogy.

HALF WILD is an exciting and action-packed sequel to HALF BAD, and the darkest moments of this book are also where it shines the most.

Nathan has received his three gifts from his father, making him a full-fledged adult witch. Now he needs to find Gabriel and figure out a way to save Annalise from Mercury, as well as learn how to control his newly-discovered gift, something powerful and wild and a little frightening. Meanwhile as the Council of White Witches in England expands its forces across Europe and increases its attacks on Black Witches, a group of Black Witches, White Witches and Half Bloods are joining together to form a resistance, and Nathan finds himself becoming a part of this alliance as one of their strongest fighters. What will he find out about himself and about the ones that he loves?

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