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Author Archive: Aly Locatelli

21. A reader, a writer, a reviewer and a full-time sloth lover. I am addicted to coffee and my laptop, and love reading especially when it's rainy outside.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

| 13 January 2016 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos Balzer + Bray January 2016 Hardcover, $17.99 USD Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8/10   As long as you don’t turn the last page in a book, you get to believe whatever you want to believe. You can have faith the good guys will win, the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

BOOK REVIEW: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

| 2 December 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Young Elites by Marie Lu Penguin Books October 2014 £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8/10   Everyone talked about these malfettos in hushed whispers; most feared them and called them demons. But I secretly held them in awe. People said they could conjure fire out of thin air. Could call the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Reckless Hearts by Sean Olin

BOOK REVIEW: Reckless Hearts by Sean Olin

| 1 December 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Reckless Hearts by Sean Olin Katherine Tegen Books November 2015 Hardcover, £19.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 4/10   “When I’m with him, I feel, I don’t know. Reckless.”   The first book in this series by Sean Olin, Wicked Games, was not my favourite. In fact, this reader found herself disliking everything […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

BOOK REVIEW: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

| 19 November 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn W&N November 2015 Paperback, £2.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8/10   A child who terrorized his little brother and threatened his stepmom. Who told me calmly that I would die. A kid who cut the tail off the family pet. A house that attacked and manipulated its […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

BOOK REVIEW: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

| 19 November 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle Corgi Childrens August 2015 Paperback, £5.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 7.5/10   There are no ghosts; only the dust in the light, our breath and the wind in the quiet, and the feeling that something, or a lot of somethings, are watching us. So maybe there are […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

BOOK REVIEW: Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

| 12 November 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick Simon & Schuster 
November 2015
 Hardcover, $18.99 USD
 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 4.5/10 “We made it,” Price said, turning off the engine. He popped the trunk, where my suitcase waited.
I knew I had to get out of the car, but my legs wouldn’t move. I stared up at […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

BOOK REVIEW: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

| 21 October 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Indigo September 2015 Paperback, £8.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8/10 We are all someone’s monster.   Six of Crows is a danger-filled, fast-paced, action-packed book ready to blow the socks off every reader that picks it up. Set two years after the first Grisha series (Shadow and Bone, Siege and […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

BOOK REVIEW: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

| 21 October 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch Balzer + Bray October 2015 Hardback, $17.99 USD Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 5.5/10 Review for: Snow Like Ashes Standing in the courtyard of the palace, arms to the sky, cold numbing all other senses and wind deadening all other noises, I closed my eyes. I had never, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Cam Girl by Leah Raeder

BOOK REVIEW: Cam Girl by Leah Raeder

| 18 October 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Cam Girl by Leah Raeder Atria November 2015 Paperback, $15.00 USD Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 9/10 This is what they don’t tell you about losing someone: It doesn’t happen once. It happens every day, every moment they’re missing from. You lose them a hundred times between waking and sleep, and even sleep is […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

BOOK REVIEW: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

| 14 October 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman Oneworld Publications/Rock the Boat October 2015 Paperback, £8.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 10/10 “Am I not merciful?” It’s a normal enough morning on Kerenza. Kady has just broken up with her boyfriend, Ezra, and is sitting on the other side of the classroom and thinking about all […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

BOOK REVIEW: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

| 1 October 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab Titan Books February 2015 Paperback, £7.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 9/10   And so Kell—inspired by the lost city known to all as Black London—had given each remaining capital a color. Grey for the magic-less city. Red, for the healthy empire. White, for the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew

BOOK REVIEW: The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew

| 28 September 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew Bloomsbury Childrens November 2015 Paperback, £6.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8/10   He wasn’t like these other boys. His life had been set upon by circumstances beyond his control. He wasn’t bad for the kick of things; he’d grown bad like bacteria on foul meat. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

| 27 September 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey Random House Children’s April 2015 Delacorte Press Hardcover, $17.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 5.5/10 “The young always think they’re invincible, right until the moment they learn otherwise. Usually, the hard way.” The Girl at Midnight is in no way original. Marketed as a cross between Shadow and Bone by […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

BOOK REVIEW: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

| 25 September 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas Bloomsbury Children’s May 2015 Hardback, $18.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 9/10 “Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.” When Feyre was eight years old, her family fell in disgrace and found themselves without a home […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

BOOK REVIEW: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

| 23 September 2015 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch Balzer + Bray October 2014 Hardback, £11.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 7/10 “Someday, we will be more than words in the dark.” For a long time, YA Fantasy was repetitive and boring, with the same special snowflakes, the same innocent, pure heroines. All the stories were formulaic, as if it wasn’t […]

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BOOK REVIEW: First Year by Rachel E. Carter

BOOK REVIEW: First Year by Rachel E. Carter

| 21 September 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: First Year by Rachel E. Carter Astrea Press August 2014 eBook, £2.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 7.5/10 “The people that tell you what you want to hear are the most dangerous enemies you’ll ever meet.” First Year is easily compared to a piñata filled to the brim with awesomeness, badassery, glitter and a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

BOOK REVIEW: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

| 20 September 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler Harper Teen September 2015 Hardcover, $17.99 USD Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8/10     There’s more to what’s happening in this footage than two news anchors can discuss in a ninety-second live report. It doesn’t show you that some of the students standing in those bleachers would like […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson

BOOK REVIEW: Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson

| 15 September 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson HarperTeen September 2015 Hardback, $17.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 5/10 The first rule, which Dea had already intuited, was that she must never try to change anything or intervene in another person’s dream. The second rule, related to the first, was that she might walk as many dreams […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

BOOK REVIEW: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

| 14 September 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Orion February 2015 Paperback, £9.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 7.5/10   I used to think there was only the divide, Silver and Red, rich and poor, kings and slaves. But there’s much more in between, things I don’t understand, and I’m right in the middle of it. I […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Monster by C. J. Skuse

BOOK REVIEW: Monster by C. J. Skuse

| 13 September 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Monster by C.J. Skuse MIRA Ink October 2015 Paperback, £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 5.5/10   I had to see it more clearly. I had to know if it was there for sure, the thing I’d been seeing for weeks now, darting across fields, hiding around corners, vanishing behind trees. The killer […]

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