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Enlightenment - Liz Keel (eArc)

Title: Enlightenment (ARC)
Author: Liz Keel
Series: The Driel Trilogy
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release Date: 21/04/2016
Format: Ebook eArc

After losing everything, all seventeen-year-old Thea wanted was to be a normal teenager. Instead, she was attacked by a mysterious creature she thought only existed in fairy tales. Now thrown into the unknown realm of Faey, Thea is forced to determine the difference between reality and fantasy, in a world ruled by a dark elite and a society wracked by intolerance and prejudice.

With the support of her new friends and a mysterious dark haired, blue-eyed guardian watching her every move, Thea will discover that when it comes to Faey, nothing is what it seems. Will her courage and desire to save this new world from darkness be enough? Or will Thea be the next victim to fall to the dark whispers of fate…

I recently signed up to netgalley and, as I'm sure you can imagine, I was super excited when my requests started being approved. Which is why I'm so gutted I can't give a glowing five-star review to …
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The Wind Singer

Title: The Wind Singer
Author: William Nicholson
Series: Wind on Fire (#1)
Genre: Junior Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy
Publisher: Mammoth
Release Date: 01/01/2002
Format: Paperback
Purchase: Booktopia, Book Depository, Angus & Robertson

In the city of Aramanth, the mantra is, "Better today than yesterday. Better tomorrow than today." Harder work means the citizens of Aramanth can keep moving forward to improved life stations--from Gray tenements and Orange apartments, upwards to glorious mansions of White. Only some families, like the Haths, believe more in ideas and dreams than in endless toil and ratings.

When Kestrel Hath decides she is through with the Aramanth work ethic, she is joined in her small rebellion by her twin brother Bowman and their friend Mumpo. Together, they set the orderly city on its ear by escaping Aramanth's walls for an adventure that takes them from city sewers to desert sandstorms. Guided by an archaic map, they know that if they can find the voice of the Wind Singer, an ancient and mysterious instrument that stands in the center of Aramanth, they can save their people from their dreamless existence.

But the voice is guarded by the dreaded Morah and its legion of perfect killing machines, the Zars. Are three ragtag kids any match for an army of darkness?

The Wind Singer is a children's book full of adventure, fantasy, and reminders of the importance of family. It has all the hallmarks of great children's adventure fantasy - a familiar story arc, …
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Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

Title: Uglies
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Series: Uglies
Genre: YA Dystopian Sci-Fi
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 2005
Format: Paperback
Purchase: Booktopia, Book Depository, Angus & Robertson

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world-- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally's choice will change her world forever..

Through segregation, education and later operation, citizens of this new world are taught to think and act a certain way. The accusations towards the “Rusties” – who could very well be our near …
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Obernewtyn - Isobelle Carmody

Title: Obernewtyn
Author: Isobelle Carmody
Series: Obernewtyn Chronicles
Genre: YA Fantasy Dystopia
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Release Date: 2007 (orig. 1987)
Format: Paperback
Purchase: Booktopia, Book Depository, Angus & Robertson

In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous. There is only survival by secrecy, and so she determines never to use her forbidden powers. But it is as if they have their own imperative, and their use inevitably brings her to the attention of the totalitarian Council that rules the Land.

Sent to the remote mountain institution of Obernewtyn where escape is impossible, she must throw off her safe cloak of concealment and pit herself against those who would resurrect the terrible forces of the apocalypse

Only then will she learn most truly who and what she is.

While I'm no stranger to Isobelle Carmody - having started the Legendsong books while in high school - I only picked up Obernewtyn for the first time in February 2016. This wasn't for lack of …
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