The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau

The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau

The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau – 3.5 Stars

Blurb: It’s been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks.

Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground, they find an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device from before the Disaster, which they believe is still in Ember.

Together, Lina and Doon must go back underground to retrieve what was lost and bring light to a dark world.

I’m really not sure what to write about this book. I didn’t hate it, hence the 3.5 stars, but I didn’t love it either. In the end, it all just got a little silly. I appreciate that Lina and Doon found the way out of Ember, but I refuse to believe that they were the only two citizens of Sparks who thought it may be beneficial to go back to there. Continue reading “The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau”


The People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrau

The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrauThe People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrau – 4 Stars

Blurb: When the people of the underground city of Ember follow Lina and Doon to the surface, little prepares them for what they will encounter. Leaving behind the darkness that has been their home for generations, they discover a world of colour, warmth and light. The people of the small village of Sparks seem willing to help them . . . at first . . . but life on the surface has it’s dark side too. 

Before long the villagers of Sparks become more reluctant to share their precious resources with the strange, new underground people. Lina and Doon watch in horror as the differences between the two groups grow into resentment, anger and hate. Somehow they must help overcome the distrust and bring the people of Ember and Sparks together. Continue reading “The People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrau”

K – Katniss Everdeen

Katniss Everdeen - Lauren Mayhew A-Z Blog Challenge 2016A-Z Blog Challenge 2016 – Katniss Everdeen

Katniss is another one of those characters where I feel like I don’t really need to explain why I love her so much. She’s not a people person, she’s actually quite bitter, and yet she’s a great rold model for all young people – not just young women.

Katniss has grown up in a poor District, her father is dead, her mother spends most of her time in a daydream and she’s had to care for her sister, Prim from a young age. Out of anyone in District 12, Prim is the one that Katniss would literally die to protect and this is why she volunteers to take Prim’s place in the Hunger Games. Continue reading “K – Katniss Everdeen”

Eve of Tomorrow – Michelle Lynn

Eve of Tomorrow - Michelle LynnEve of Tomorrow – Michelle Lynn – 5 Stars

Blurb: The British are coming.

Eve of Tomorrow brings to a conclusion the story of Gabby and Dawn, two English sisters thrust into the forefront of rebellion in the new world. Set in a distant future laid waste by change and conflict, Gabby and Dawn discover their parents among the Americans and pledge to fight alongside their countrymen seeking safety and freedom.

The Republic of Texas has been defeated, but its doomsday weapon has fallen into the wrong hands. At first, warriors by circumstance, but now warriors by choice, Gabby and Dawn have a new mission: to destroy the weapon before it can destroy their future.

It took me a lot longer to read this than I wanted. I would happily have read this in one day, it was that good! Continue reading “Eve of Tomorrow – Michelle Lynn”

Day of Reckoning – Michelle Lynn

Day of Reckoning - Michelle Lynn

Day of Reckoning – Michelle Lynn – 5 Stars

Blurb: Nothing is as it seems in the colonies. Sisters Gabby and Dawn have escaped British Floridaland and now find themselves under the “protection” of the Republic of Texas.

But their supposed freedom and safety is a sham- trading one prison for another as they discover the secrets of those who supposedly rescued them.

Sam is dead. But the fates of Drew, Jeremy, and Lee are unknown.

Together, the sisters uncover the many truths and lies of this new world around them.

Sides must be chosen. Bonds must be broken. Alliances forged… And the war begins.

Another cliffhanger ending… I’m just glad I’m reading these now when all three books are available to buy, otherwise I’d be pulling my hair out in anticipation! Continue reading “Day of Reckoning – Michelle Lynn”

Dawn of Rebellion – Michelle Lynn

Dawn of Rebellion by Michelle LynnDawn of Rebellion – Michelle Lynn – 5 Stars

Blurb: Dawn of Rebellion is the first in a trilogy about two sisters, Dawn and Gabby, trying to find their way and their family in a desperate future. In this first book, they encounter the forces of British occupation and the seeds of rebellion in a land formerly known as America.


When faced with the possibility of losing her sister, Dawn must find the strength to overcome anything that is thrown in her way. With the help of some unlikely friends, she travels to a wild land and faces enormous obstacles at every turn. From barbaric people to the wild animals that roam the land, this adventure is much more than Dawn bargained for…but it’s for her sister and she won’t let her down.

Up until about half way through, this book was 4 stars, but that ending! Wow! It had to be a 5! Continue reading “Dawn of Rebellion – Michelle Lynn”