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Assassin’s Creed (The Official Film Tie-in) – Christie Golden ★★★★

Blurb:
We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins.
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

My Review:
Now I must start by saying I am a big fan of anything Assassin Creed and was delighted it was being turned into a film, so I just had to read the book before I watched the film. However, I didn’t find this one as good as the series of Assassin Creed I have previously read. It is a brilliant story line but I wasn’t as hooked as I was with the series and I think that’s because they’ve turned it into a more 21st century story rather than the old series. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this one even though it took me a while to finish which is why I awarded four stars. This book is written well and contains short chapters but i wouldn’t class it as similar to the whole series. I can’t wait to watch the film now and compare the two. I must admit I do love the cover though showing the two personalities of an assassin. This is written by a different author than those written in the series which is also why it felt a bit different.  Enjoy!

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Charisma – Jeanne Ryan. ✶✶✶

Blurb:
A chance at the ultimate makeover means deadly consequences in this Sarah Dessen-meets-Robin Cook thriller

Aislyn suffers from crippling shyness—that is, until she’s offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. She’s charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The media goes into a frenzy when the disease turns contagious, and then deadly, and the doctor who gave it to them disappears. Aislyn must find a way to stop it, before it’s too late.

My Review: 
I must start off by explaining that I struggled what to award this book between a four star and three star, that is because my assumption of what would happen in this book turned out to be correct and that spoilt it for me as I already knew! Secondly, I had high expectations after reading and loving Nerve by this author but personally this was no where near as good as Nerve and I felt let down. Lastly, it took me a while to get into this book and I found from chapter 11 on wards it did pick up but dragged until it got going good!

HOWEVER, aside from all that it is a good story! One the author has obviously had to research a lot into. Charisma is written well, contains short chapters and is the ideal young adult book. It is meant to be classed as a thriller but personally it did not feel like a thriller to me. I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did but this is MY honest review of the book and others may love it!

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The Damselfly – SJI Holliday. ✶✶✶✶✶

Blurb:
Katie Taylor is the perfect student. She’s bright and funny, she has a boyfriend who adores her and there are only a few months left of school before she can swap Banktoun for the bright lights of London. Life gets even better when she has an unexpected win on a scratch card. But then Katie’s luck runs out.

Her tragic death instead becomes the latest in a series of dark mysteries blighting the small town. The new school counsellor Polly McAllister, who has recently returned to Banktoun to make amends in her own personal life, is thrown in at the deep end as the pupils and staff come to terms with Katie’s death. And it’s not long before she uncovers a multitude of murky secrets. Did Katie have enemies? Is her boyfriend really so squeaky clean? And who is her brother’s mysterious friend?

With Banktoun’s insular community inflamed by gossip and a baying mob stirring itself into a frenzy on social media, DS Davie Gray and DC Louise Jennings must work out who really murdered Katie before someone takes matters into their own hands . . .

My Review:
The Damselfly is book three in the Banktoun trilogy, but they all read well as stand alones. WOW! I was seriously impressed, I started this book at 6:30pm and finished it at 12:30am in one sitting. Absolutely loved it, out of the two I have read this is the best one so far! It had me hooked from the first chapter. The Damselfly is packed with drama! If you love dramatic endings then this book is for you, I honestly do not think any other book can compare to this explosive ending! A must read from me and a well deserved five stars. I also think the cover is beautiful.

This story is well written, easy to read and contains short chapters. I would highly recommend you all go and buy it, the Damselfly is officially released TOMORROW so go grab your copy. This story is perfect for readers who enjoy a brilliant thriller, suspense, mystery and young adult story. I personally feel it would target the young adult audience out there as most of the book is set within a school and most of the characters are young adults and school kids. BRILLIANT. I just need to go read Black Wood now then I’m all caught up and waiting for the next one! Enjoy, I did.

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