Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Rating: 10/10 

Age: 13+ 

Before I get into the review, I gotta admit that I’m somewhat a fan of steampunk. I love the ingenuity that authors take to create this modern world that works on all these cool machines. Even more, they make you wish we lived in a steampunk world (is it just me XD)! 

One of my favourite books is Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, not only is every single book he has ever written amazing, but the entire world he creates is fantastic in this series! 

In this book, the primary mode of flying IS BY AIRSHIPS! 

I wish I could convey the excitement Oppel (gosh, I’m a nerd) invokes through his writing. The way that Matt Cruise (the protagonist) describes the joys of flying is exhilirating. Then he gets caught up with pirates (ON AIRSHIPS, HOW COOL IS THAT), in this whole adventure on a quest for hydrium, the gas that powers airships and most things (Oppel likens this whole industry to petroleum in our world). 

So Matt Cruise is a cabin boy aboard this luxury airship that travels to exotic destinations, and one-day dreams of piloting his own airship but is poor and has no connections to an air academy. So he just dreams. 😦

 He only feels truly alive whilst flying, and part of his motivation is his Dad’s legacy aboard airships. So he leaves his mother and two sisters in Canada and just like that, he is on his way to Australia. 

On this trip, he befriends Kate de Vries, an upper class young woman who’s intent on finding proof of flying panther like creatures, and plans to go to school for zoology after. 

Vibrant and stubborn, Kate manages to pull Matt into this adventure that includes pirates AND panthers. 

I truly feel like I don’t do this book justice, the first book is amazing, and the next two only get better. Each book chronicles unique and fantastical creatures that Oppel manages to make sense! Each adventure takes place in a different setting, each with evil villains and even terrorist plots (the third and final book), but what’s more amazing, are the issues with politics and power structures that Oppel raises seamlessly through these scanarios. 

I actually get this sense of breathlessness whenever I delve into this series, which sounds dramatic I know, but the adventure and new technological and biological discoveries are thrilling and truly make you want to take a dimension gun (I know they don’t exist, but a girl’s gotta dream) (on that note, which world would you want to live in and why?) and shoot yourself. 

Series order: 

Airborn 

Skybreaker 

Starclimber 

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 10/10 

Age: 16+

This book was the most riveting, brutal, and real YA I’ve come across in a while. I am actually shocked it’s not more popular! 

What makes a good YA are adult themes that truly express what teenagers are capable of feeling. And I’m not just talking about sexuality, but emotional depth.

This book tells the sordid tale of a young girl in another world where faeries exist. Feyre Archeron is forced to hunt because her family has no money or food, and her dad is disabled and desolate. Her sisters don’t help either. Unfortunately, she kills a grey wolf that turns out to be a faerie and as a result, this faerie High Lord demands Feyre as retribution as demanded by a treaty regarding human-faerie interaction. 

This is a very loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and by loose, I mean extremely loose. She obviously falls in love with him, but what she doesn’t know, is that everybody’s powers have been stripped in the faerie realm. The remaining faeries maintain a very loose hold on magic, whilst nightmares roam the forests, sent by the evil faerie intent on torturing everyone.

KINDA SPOILER ALERT* Read past the first book to find out why it’s not a Beauty and the Beast retelling. 😉

What makes this book jarring is the explicit brutality and real life parallelism drawn. That’s why the age is pretty high. I don’t want to go into details, because I HATE BOOK SPOILERS! But the journey this girl goes on IS INTENSE! The world created by this author is STUNNING! Not similar to anything I’ve encountered, and it was definitely a fresh take on the binary concept of good and evil, and it circumvented the concept by managing to create truly multi-dimensional characters. 

I recommend this book for both genders, there is a strong theme of romance, but a mature one that isn’t about appealing to teenage girls, even though it may seem like that at first. 

Without a doubt, if you read the first book, you’re going to read the second book!

I finished this series in 2 days because it was so amazing, I borrowed it from my library but it is also available on Amazon Kindle! 

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Book Series Order 

A Court of Thorns and Roses 

A Court of Mist and Fury 

A Court of Wings and Ruin 

A Court of Frost and Starlight