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FINAL ROUND! Round 5: Reading List Showdown

I am super duper late in putting out the final round of my Reading List Showdown. It’s nearly March!

As you can see I’ve been reading HEAPS, and doing reviews for every book 🙂 I am loving reading everyday and reading a large amount 😀 I’ve even stepped up my reviews recently – I feel much more confident writing them. Have you been liking them better?

Here are the three finals of my most anticipated novels of 2015! The Reading List Showdown FINALE 😀

These three novels each deserve to have their blurb written below again. It’ll also help me choose between 😉

Novel One:

Things have changed for Ever since she fell in love with Damen. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen seems to be weakening. Panicked at the thought of losing him, Ever finds a path to the in-between world of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past – and accidentally discovers a way to twist time. Now she can save her family from the accident that killed them. It’s all she’s ever wanted – but so is Damen. 

And Ever must choose between them . . .

Novel Two:

On the heels of a family tragedy, Katie Greene must move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

When Katie meets aloof but gorgeous Tomohiro, the star of the school’s kendo team, she is intrigued by him…and a little scared. His tough attitude seems meant to keep her at a distance, and when they’re near each other, strange things happen. Pens explode, Ink drips from nowhere. And unless Katie is seeing things, drawings come to life.

Somehow Tomo is connected to the Kami – a powerful ancient beings who once ruled Japan – and as feelings develop between Katie and Tomo, things begin to spiral out of control. The wrong people are starting to ask questions…and if they discover the truth, one one will be safe.

Novel Three: 

Alyssa Gardner hears the thoughts of plants and animals. She hides her delusions for now, but she knows her fate: she will end up like her mother, in an institution. Madness has run in her family ever since her great-great-great-grandmother Alice Liddell told Lewis Carroll her strange dreams, inspiring his classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

But perhaps she’s not mad. And perhaps Carroll’s stories aren’t as whimsical as they first seem.

To break the curse of insanity, Alyssa must go down the rabbit hole and right the wrongs of Wonderland, a place full of strange beings with dark agendas. Alyssa brings her real-world crush-the protective Jeb-with her, but once her journey beings, she’s torn between his solidity and the enchanting, dangerous magic of Morpheus, her guide to Wonderland. 

But no one in Wonderland is who they seem to be-not even Alyssa herself . . . 

 

Okay… I am slightly bias on this one because I’ve already read Blue Moon (review coming shortly 🙂 ). However I already know who my winner is and it’s for a few specific reasons.

At the moment my tastes in blurbs are not romantically inclined. I’ve seen far too many blurbs which centre on the mysterious and darkly handsome boy. I want a book that has romance, but also gets the other plots right too. Unless the romance is insanely awesome like it is in Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful series, the other parts of the story have to be kick ass too!

Each of these novels have very compelling elements: being able to bring back your dead family but losing your soul mate in the process, discovering an ancient culture where drawings come to life but the mafia has it in for you because of your new discovery, and a future version of Alice in Wonderland after Alice has already been down the rabbit hole featuring much more sinister characters than you could ever imagine.

The winner is: 

INK by Amanda Sun

Ink

There were deciding factors in each blurb which led me to my decision.

In Blue Moon’s blurb, although it intrigues me to see who Ever chooses: the natural order of things i.e. Damon, or the people’s she’s been missing the most i.e. her family, it was also the blurb’s downfall. I don’t think it’s fair that just because Ever is Immortal, she should be able to bring her family back. I mean it’s incredible that she can, but it’s not the natural order of things, not when they have been dead for at least six months. Ever shouldn’t have that kind of power. To choose who can be brought back and who can’t. It’s simply not my taste in fantasy.

As for Splintered, I am entranced by Wonderland and all the magical promise it holds. I love the idea of a story about Wonderland, but without erasing or recreating what happened in the original story. Often novels fall short when they try to do their version of what happened. This author is being smart and choosing the world, but not rewriting the past. However the romance was the downfall of this blurb. It turned me off straight away when it mentioned her real-world-crush the over-protective Jeb, I feel like rolling my eyes at him! Who wants to read about an over-projective crush who doesn’t even have a right to be over-protective because he’s not even dating her yet. And by over-protective they probably mean sulks in a corner instead of being all hot and seductive to try and win her over.

Ink has a wonderful blurb. It helps that I really love Japan, the culture, the people, the anime, the country. I can’t wait to read a book based in Japan (they have their own Pokemon centres over there!). The romance sounds like it develops properly and they place more of an emphasis on the plot than the actual romance. The plot in instead sounds awesome too – an ancient culture being discovered which makes drawings come to life. It sounds amazing! The only problem now – I’ve hyped it up so much, I hope it can live up to my expectations!

What book are you most looking forward to reading?

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