Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – Book Review

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – Book Review

In case you don’t already know, Neal Shusterman is one of my favourite authors ever. I’ve read most of his books and he’s definitely one of the highest on my list of auto-buy authors. So when I finished Scythe last year, I couldn’t WAIT to read the sequel, Thunderhead!

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

The dark and thrilling sequel to Scythe, the New York Times sci-fi bestseller.

The stakes are high in this chilling sci-fi thriller, in which professional scythes control who dies. Everything else is out of human control, managed by the Thunderhead. It’s a perfect system – until it isn’t.

It’s been a year since Rowan went off-grid. Hunted by the Scythedom, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. Citra, meanwhile, is forging her path as Scythe Anastasia, gleaning with compassion. However, conflict within the Scythedom is growing by the day, and when Citra’s life is threatened, it becomes clear that there is a truly terrifying plot afoot.

The Thunderhead observes everything, and it does not like what it sees. Will it intervene?

Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?

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Books I Had for Christmas 🎅🏻

Books I Had for Christmas 🎅🏻

What did you ask Santa for this year? Each year, my mum, uh… I mean, Santa, asks my sister and I for a list of things we’d like for Christmas. Mine almost always ends up being a list of primarily books with a few other things mixed in. My mum’s great at picking books, so I was happy with the selection!

These are the books I asked my mum, uh--I mean, Santa--for this year for Christmas. There's a mix of fiction and non-fiction and I love them all!

A few of these are ones I said I’d love, while most of them were complete surprises. They came from my mum and step-dad, my sister Emily, and my Secret Santa that we organised with my uni pals. I’ll show you them all now in detail. Let me know if you have any of these and tell me what you think!

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman – Book Review

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – Book Review

If you don’t know by now, Neal Shusterman is high on my auto-buy authors list. I love his intriguing synopses, crazily imaginative but scarily realistic storylines, and complex characters. One of my favourite books (not just by Neal Shusterman, but of all time) is Challenger Deep. Gahhh that book is amazing and if you haven’t read it, it should definitely be on your TBR!

Today, I’m going to review another one of Shusterman’s books, Scythe. I listened to it as an audiobook and my god, I loved it. Here are my thoughts…

Scythe by Neal Shusterman - book cover

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award-winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.

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Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Often, when reviewing a book I absolutely adored, it can be the hardest review to write. It’s difficult to put a review into words when you just want to gush and rave about how amazing it was, while still trying to remain objective. That’s the case with Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. I loved this book so much that I could probably write an essay about it, but I’ll try my best to keep it a decent length!

listened to Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman as an audiobook on Audible, read by the incredible Michael Curran-Dorsano. Here's my 5-star review!

Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.

Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behav
ior.

Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence, to document the journey with images.

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.

Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.

Caden Bosch is torn.

A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today’s most admired writers for teens.

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Top 5 Wednesday (on Monday): Recent Additions to my Wishlist

Top 5 Wednesday (on Monday): Recent Additions to my Wishlist

My top 5 recent additions to my wishlist

Okay, so I should probably begin this post by apologising. It’s been over a week since I last posted anything, but for good reason… I graduated from university! My twin sister Emily graduated a week before me, and I graduated on Wednesday. I now officially have a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Film & TV Production, and I couldn’t be happier. Now to move on to the next chapter of my life, which is exciting but slightly terrifying.

Now’s time to get back to regular posting. Today’s post should have been posted on Wednesday but as I said above, Wednesday was my graduation day so writing a blog post wasn’t really my top priority! This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is recent additions to my wishlist, which is probably one of the easiest ones to answer because my wishlist is almost as long as my TBR pile. Let’s go!

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