Thursday, 22 July 2010

Book Review: Beastly - Alex Flinn

Kyle Kingsbury is the most popular guy in school. He has everything. Looks, money, charisma. He acts like he's God, and in some people's eyes, he is. But, when he plays a nasty prank on the new girl, who happens to be really ugly, she does something equally nasty back. She's a witch, and now Kyle is a beast. He is hairy and ugly, like a real beast. And the only way to undo this awful curse is to find a girl who will look over his ugly looks, and love him for who he is. He thought it was easy. But soon enough, he realises that it certainly is not.

A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Alex Flinn has taken the well known fairy tale, modernized it and made it into her own. Kyle is a shallow teenager who has to go on a long journey to realise that there is actually more to life than good looks and lots of money, and that being kind and intelligent isn't such a bad thing. The incredible transformation that goes on inside Kyle is written beautifully, with him starting off as a stupid teenager, and ending up as a kind and selfless young man. His enormous transformation goes way beyond just the way he looks.

Along the way, he is helped by Will, his blind tutor, and Magda, his housekeeper. They mould him into the person that he becomes, and without them, Kyle would have gotten nowhere. They help him become a person who is capable of being loved, a person who is capable of loving in return.

And even though it was obvious what was going to happen at the end of the story, after all, it is a retelling of a well known fairy tale, it didn't spoil the story, knowing the end. It just made me read even faster as I got closer to the end, just to make sure that Kyle really does find true love.

This book is an amazing version of a well loved fairy tale, and whether you like Beauty and the Beast or not, go out and buy Beastly. You will not be disappointed.

I give it 5 Feet!

2010 100+ Reading Challenge

Today, I'm going to start the 2010 100+ Reading Challenge, hosted by . I have to read 100 books or more in 2010. As I have started half way through the year, I'm going to list the books that I have already read this year (I have a list on Shelfari), and then add the books I read on from there. Wish me luck!

If you want to join, click here to add you name!

Once I have finished the book, I will write it in on my list =]

2010 books:
1. The Sweet Far Thing - Libba Bray
2. The Summoning - Kelley Armstrong
3. The Awakening - Kelley Armstrong
4. The Reckoning - Kelley Armstrong
5. Fade Out - Rachel Caine
6. Kiss of Death - Rachel Caine
7. Burned - PC & Kristin Cast
8. The Splendour Falls - Rosemary Clement-Moore
9. Blue Bloods - Melissa de la Cruz
10. Masquerade - Melissa de la Cruz
11. Revelations - Melissa de la Cruz
12. Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
13. The Luxe - Anna Godbersen
14. Rumours - Anna Godbersen
15. Stargazer - Claudia Gray
16. Hourglass - Claudia Gray
17. Crank - Ellen Hopkins
18. Need - Carrie Jones
19. The Iron King - Julie Kagawa
20. Wondrous Strange - Lesley Livingston
21. Darklight - Lesley Livingston
22. Wake - Lisa McMann
23. Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
24. Frostbite - Richelle Mead
25. Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead
26. Blood Promise - Richelle Mead
27. Spirit Bound - Richelle Mead
28. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer
29. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment - James Patterson
30. Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
31. Blue is for Nightmares - Laurie Faria Stolarz
32. White is for Magic - Laurie Faria Stolarz
33. Silver is for Secrets - Laurie Faria Stolarz
34. Red is for Remembrance - Laurie Faria Stolarz
35. Prey - Rachel Vincent
36. Shift - Rachel Vincent
37. Sisters Red - Jackson Pearce
38. City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
39. Early to Death, Early to Rise - Kim Harrison
40. Horrible Histories: The Ruthless Romans - Terry Deary
41. Deadly Little Secret - Laurie Stolarz
42. City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
43. Bleeding Violet - Dia Reeves
44. Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?
45. Beastly - Alex Flinn
46. Gok Wan: The Biography - Emily Herbert
47. The Dark Divine - Bree Despain
48. The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan
49. Moonlight - Rachel Hawthorne
50. Linger - Maggie Stiefvater
51. By Midnight - Mia James
52. A Certain Slant of Light - Laura Whitcomb
53. Love You To Death - Meg Cabot
54. Boys That Bite - Mari Mancusi
55. Glimmerglass - Jenna Black
56. Claire de Lune - Christine Johnson
57. A Kiss in Time - Alex Flinn
58. The Van Alen Legacy - Melissa de la Cruz
59. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
60. Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
61. Full Moon - Rachel Hawthorne
62. Stake That! - Mari Mancusi
63. Glass - Ellen Hopkins
64. Graceling - Kristin Cashore
65. Glass - Ellen Hopkins
66. Torment - Lauren Kate
67. Girls That Growl - Mari Mancusi
68. Alpha - Rachel Vincent
69. Firelight - Sophie Jordan
70. Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick
71. Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
72. Misguided Angel - Melissa de la Cruz
73. Infinite Days - Rebecca Maizel
74. My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent
75. Scott Pilgrim Volume 1 - Bryan Lee O'Malley
76. Scott Pilgrim Volume 2 - Bryan Lee O'Malley
77. Ghost Town - Rachel Caine
78. Hex Hall - Rachel Hawkins
79. Magical x Miracle Volume 1 - Yuzi Mizutani
80. Deathnote Volume 1 - Tsugami Ohba and Takeshi Obata
81. Raised by Wolves - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
82. Knight Angels: Book of Love - Abra Ebner
83. Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine's Soul - H.A. Goodman
84. Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead
85. The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa
86. Paranormalcy - Kiersten White
(Starting January 1st 2011)
87. Bad Blood by Mari Mancusi

UPDATE (24/12/2010)
I don't think I'm going to finish this challenge... I have a week to read 16 books.... I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen, that's two books a day, and I can't read that fast, especially as it's Christmas tomorrow. I will keep going with this challenge into 2011, and we'll just see how long it takes. Hopefully, I'll have finished it by March. That will be my goal. =] Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Revealed: The Lost Saint - Bree Despain

The cover for the second book in The Dark Divine series by Bree Despain has been revealed! There is a contest over at her website, so go check it out here.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Book Review: The Dark Divine - Bree Despain

On the night that Daniel Kalbi disappeared, it was obvious to Grace Divine that something awful had happened. That was the night she found her brother Jude, collapsed and covered in blood on her front porch. Though she knew something awful had happened, she didn't have any idea of what was really going on.
Now Daniel has returned. Her family desperately try to keep the secrets about what happened that night from Grace, but she is determined to dig them up and find them out, especially now that Daniel is enrolled at Grace and Jude's high school. Jude had made Grace promise to stay away from him, but old feelings have resurfaced, and she can't seem to keep her promise.
As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her relationship with her brother gets worse. She puts her own life in danger, but she doesn't even know it.
Grace must find out what Jude, Daniel, and even her own father are keeping from her, the truth behind the secrets that have been kept from her, and find the cure that can save the people she loves. But, what if, in saving their souls, she loses her own?

The Dark Divine is really good. The characters are well-written, though sometimes they can be a bit unbelievable. But, despite this, their emotions feel real, and I felt that I could really connect with them.
Though not much happens in the first part of the book, it sets up the story nicely and is still enjoyable to read.

While Grace was trying to figure out what was happening, I found myself wondering too, as I didn't understand Daniel. He was very frustrating, but though some people might have found that annoying, I thought it added to the mystery of the book. I knew something was weird about him, but what that was, I had no idea. I'm not going to tell you what the big secret about Daniel is, because it would spoil the book, as figuring Daniel out just added to my fun. So, keep away from those spoilers!

As the book went along, it got better and better. At about the middle point, I didn't think it could get any better, as it was already so good, but it did, and when it finished, I was kind of disappointed. In a good way, disappointed because there wasn't more story, or another book that I could go out and buy immediately.

The Dark Divine had lots of suspense and mystery, and I am now waiting the too long wait for the second book, The Lost Saint, which comes out in December. I can't wait!

I give it 5 Feet!

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Book Review: Bleeding Violet - Dia Reeves

Love... can be a dangerous thing.
Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet filled with frilly violet dresses, Hanna's tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas, in search of a new home.
But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.
- From the back of the book.

Bleeding Violet is amazing. It is so different from anything I have ever read before, and I couldn't put it down. It took me just over a day to read. The writing style is easy to read and interesting, and the characters are real and believable. The story is crazy, and shouldn't make sense, but somehow, in some weird, twisted way, it does.

The most amazing thing about this book is not the story itself, but the setting and the characters. Dia Reeves takes care to explain everything just right, but not go into so much detail that it's boring, but going into just enough so that you know what's going on without having to read hundreds of pages of mindless description.

First of all, the characters. They seem so real, so believable, even in the most surreal and unbelievable situations. Invisible doors, leeches with tentacles, and ghosts living in rivers that grant wishes, (but only if you can breathe underwater for as long as it takes for the wish to be made, of course). They react to these weird twists and turns like any normal crazy person would, and everything about the book is just so realistic.

Another thing about the characters is, that if the weird and wonderful things were stripped away, it would still make sense, and be good. Everything that happens is due to what a character is doing or feeling, their actions and emotions affecting their behaviour. As the book is told by Hanna, she is the main driving force, with all her emotions that she keeps bottled up inside, and how she's coping with her bipolar disorder etc, but still, the other characters are very important, and stand out to me, and can be remembered.

There is so much going on in this book, that it's difficult to know what exactly is happening. There is so much in it: sadness, happiness, death, power, acceptance, trying to fit in and be normal in a world where normal doesn't exist, living with bipolar disorder, there is so much to it, that it makes it unique, memorable and just a truly amazing story, one that I cannot recommend enough.

I give it 5 Feet!

Book Review: The Iron King - Julie Kagawa

My name is Meghan Chase.
In less than twenty four hours I'll be sixteen. Countless stories, songs and poems have been written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and the handsome prince carries her off into the sunset.
I don't think it will be that way for me.

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny - one she could never have imagined...
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school... or at home.
WHen a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face... and to find love with a young prince who mmight rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.
- From the back of the book.

Many faerie books are very similar, many sharing the same mythology, many having a Summer and Winter court etc. Though The Iron King does have these things, Julie Kagawa manages to bring something else into the story, something you wouldn't expect from a faerie story, something that hasn't been heard of before. Her world of the fey is unique, yet Kagawa makes it seem like it's somewhere familiar, somewhere easy to imagine, and somewhere easy to get lost in.

There were many twists and turns in the novel, leaving you with no way of knowing what will happen next in Meghan's magical adventure. Meghan, as a character, was wonderful. She was strong, independent and stubborn, just as the heroine of a story should be. She didn't depend on the male characters in the book, and was just the kind of character you want to read about, not one who moans and groans all the time, but one who's interesting, and believable.

Also, the supporting characters were also written beautifully, not something that is common in a debut novel, such as Puck, Ash and Grimalkin. Usually, you get a few stand out characters and the rest fade away to a distant place in your brain and are forgotten, but I can remember most characters now, a month or so later.
This book has some of everything in it. There lots of action, a little romance, some humour. The plotline was well thought out, and was written exceptionally well, not too slow, but not too fast either. It sets up the next 2 books in the trilogy nicely, and leaves you hungry for The Iron Daughter, the second book in The Iron Fey trilogy, of which this is the first.

I give it 5 Feet!

Friday, 2 July 2010

Book Review: City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes is the second book in the thrilling series, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

This book picks up right where the first book, City of Bones, left off.
Now that Clary Fray knows the truth about herself, and realizes that the boy she loves is actually her brother, things get complicated. She knows she shouldn't be attracted to him, and she knows that her best friend Simon loves her, but she can't help but love Jace in ways that she should not. She struggles to keep a positive attitude, and I don't blame her. Her mum is in a coma, she's in love with her brother, her best friend is in love with her but she can only love him as a brother, and her dad is complete psycho.

Now, Jace, having discovered that he is Clary brother, and son of Valentine, an evil Shadowhunter, is now being accused of being his father's spy in the Institute. He is taken away from the Lightwoods, his adoptive family, to be tested to see if he was lying about being a spy. But, the problem is, the Inquisitor seems intent on ruining Jace's life, and nothing can stand in her way.

And to make things worse, Clary and Jace's father is trying to cause a war between Shadowhunters and the downworlders. Nothing can stop him, even his own children. He needs the Mortal Instruments, and what better way to start a war, than to steal them from the Institute? Clary, Jace and the rest of the Institute must work together to make sure that war doesn't break out, as war is something that no sane person would want...

City of Ashes is almost as good as City of Bones. The characters were developed and well written, and they were believable, even in the strange world that they live in. Jace was moody and handsome, just as he should be, and Clary was small and fragile, like in City of Ashes. They both got told they had power, and you can sort of see this in Jace, although, these powers weren't that evident in Clary, and I hope in City of Glass, we will get to see more of her powers.

Also, at some rather momentous points in the book, Clary does not seem to set it out, and this is quite disappointing. Simon went through a transformation, and though I won't say who or what he transformed into, it was annoying that Clary didn't actually explain what happened, just said it was going to happen, it happened, and the she blamed herself for it, and if she had, it would have added to the suspense and tension, and made it better.

But, having said this, there was plenty of tension, suspense and mystery in the book, and the love triangle between Clary, Jace and Simon just added to this. The plotline was well thought out, and it wasn't slow at all, like many other books of this genre can be. Overall, I enjoyed, though perhaps not as much as City of Bones, but I will be reading City of Glass as soon as I can, as I cannot wait to find out what happens!

I give it 4 Feet!

Book Review: Deadly Little Secret - Laurie Faria Stolarz

Some secrets shouldn’t be kept…
Until three months ago, sixteen-year-old Camelia’s life gave been fairly ordinary. Then a mysterious boy named Ben started junior year at her school and changed everything.
Rumoured to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend’s accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. Despite the rumours, she’s inexplicably drawn to him… and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she’s in danger, and that he wants to help – but can he be trusted? She knows he’s hiding something… but he’s not the only one with a secret.

This book is mysterious and rather creepy. Throughout the book, Laurie Faria Stolarz has thrown in red herring after red herring, keeping you guessing, re-guessing, and then re-guessing again. I found myself thinking, 'It must be him. He's the stalker. Actually, no wait, perhaps not... (reads a few more pages.) Well, it isn't him. Or is it?' Also, every once in a while, you get a small insight into the mind of the stalker, via a hand written journal entry, though it never actually reveals who the stalker actually is, and when I eventually did find out at the end of the book, I was very surprised, having not expected the stalker to be who I thought the stalker was.

If you are easily creeped out by things, then I would say that you shouldn't read this book if you are either: home alone, or at night. Once I started this book, I couldn't stop, and had to read the whole thing in one sitting. I found myself a little bit scared at times, but I kept going, and I'm glad I did. As soon as I can, I'll be ordering the next one, DEADLY LITTLE LIES, to see if it's just as good.

I give it 4 Feet!

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Book Review: City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray thinks she is a normal teenager in a world full of other normal teenagers. But, when a mysterious blue haired boy in a night club gets murdered before her very eyes, and no one else seems to see it, she starts to question what she thought she knew.

When Clary receives a strange phone call from her mum, warning her not to come home, what does she do? She runs home as quickly as possible to see what was wrong. Instead of finding her mum, she finds a apartment in ruin and a strange demon being waiting for her. A normal girl would be killed immediately, but being the not normal girl that she is, she just manages to kill it, and is rescued by Jace, one of the strange boys who killed the blue haired boy at the nightclub, who takes her to the institute, a safe place for people like him.

Slowly, Clary is becoming more and more able to use her ‘Sight’, the power that enables her to see through glamours, and see what the world is really like. She soon learns that the world is full of supernatural creatures, from werewolves to vampires, pixies to faeries. She also learns that Jace is a Shadowhunter. His job is to keep the mundanes (humans) safe from all the Downworlders, which are the werewolves, the vampires, the pixies, the faeries. They are half demon, and therefore must be killed.

After the death of his father, Jace went to live with Alec and Isabelle Ligthwood, the other two people who killed the blue haired boy in the nightclub. The three Shadowhunters take Clary under their wing, and together, they embark on lots of adventures, rescuing rats from vampires and retrieving a cup from a painting.

A lot happens in City of Bones. Clary is embarking on a dangerous journey to unlock what has been blocked from her memory, and every few pages, a twist jumps out, keeping you on the edge of your seat.

The world of the Shadowhunters seems real and believable, something that doesn’t always happen in books. This one however, seems more like a movie as you read it, as the characters and the world they live in have been told so well, that I could clearly see it playing in my head as I read. Also, Clary is so normal, she could quite easily be just a girl in one my classes at school, one dealing with friendship and relationship issues, parental problems, all the normal things you would expect from a teenage girl.

City of Bones will appeal to all ages, both male and female. The romance will appeal to the girls, but there isn’t enough to put boys off completely. Plenty of action and suspense, this book is one of the best of the genre, and I recommend you go out and read it!

I give it 5 Feet!

Book Review: Sisters Red - Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red is a modern twist on the classic Little Red Riding Hood. Except, this time, Red Riding Hood doesn’t get killed, she does the killing.

When Scarlett and Rosie March were younger, their grandma, Oma March, was attacked and eaten by a Fenris (wolf). Now, Scarlett and Rosie are on a mission, to stop anything like that happen again. Of course, they can’t stop all the wolves in the world, but they’re determined to do what they can. Well, Scarlett is anyway.

The older of the two sisters, Scarlett, wears an eye patch, due to the fact that the wolf who ate her grandma, also took her eye. Her skin is covered in rough scars, from all the fights she’s been in with the wolves. Along with her hunting partner Silas Reynolds, Scarlett and her sister Rosie spend their evenings hunting wolves in their hometown of Ellison.

But, though the sisters may think that they are two parts of the same heart, the bond between them is tested when Rosie grows closer to Silas. What will Rosie choose? Her true love, or the other half of her heart, her sister?

Sisters Red is one of those books that once you start reading, you can’t stop. Full of energy and twists, it will keep you captivated, right until the very end. There is lots of action, which drives the story forward, and the tension and love between the characters makes it that much better. The book has many twists and turns, and keeps you guessing, then, changing your guess, then changing back etc.

Sisters Red has all the appeal of a classic fairy tale, but also has enough action to keep those looking for a more modern story satisfied.

I give it 4 Feet!

Book Review: Spirit Bound - Richelle Mead

After returning from her adventures trying to kill Dimitri, Rose finds herself back at St. Vladimir’s. Even though she had dropped out of her field experience to become a fully-fledged guardian, she’s allowed back in, and she graduates from school, and becomes a guardian. Whether she’ll be allowed to guard Lissa, is another story though.

At the beginning of the story, Rose is romantically involved with Adrian. She’s told everybody that she is totally over Dimitri, but she isn’t. And when she heard that there might be a way to save him, and make him dhampir again, she couldn’t resist. Even if it involves breaking Lissa’s biggest enemy out of the biggest prison in the dhampir world. But she has to try. She can’t give up on Dimitri, can she? It’s risky, and the only person who claims to have done it had gone insane. What if, in trying to save Dimitri, she gets her friends killed? Could she give up on everything she has worked for her whole life? Is she that self centred and selfish?

The fifth instalment in the Vampire Academy series is back up to the high standard that was lost in Blood Promise. Rose returns to the person that she was, the one we all know and love, and her loyalty to those she loves and her no nonsense attitude keeps the book flowing, and makes you need to keep reading. Full of everything you ever wanted from a Vampire Academy novel, Spirit Bound keeps you reading, and hungry for the next book in the series. Overall, much better than Blood Promise, and if, after reading that, are a little unsure about reading the next one, go ahead and read it, it’s much better!

I give it 4 Feet!

Book Review: Blood Promise - Richelle Mead

Rose must keep her promise. The promise she made to Dimitri. If either she or Dimitri ever became a Strigoi, the other must go and kill them, as even death is better than being a Strigoi. Since Dimitri was turned Strigoi in the last book, Rose must make good on her promise, and kill Dimitri and free him. He’d do it for her.

So Rose is off to find Dimitri and put a stake through his heart. She knows that she might not return. She knows that once she reaches Dimitri – if she reaches Dimitri – she may not be able to kill him. And since Dimitri was once her instructor, he knows all her moves, the way she fights. Everything. Would she even be able to get that clear moment she needs to end his life?

In Blood Promise, Rose ends up in Russia, looking for Dimitri. The first place she look is Dimitri’s home town, but, he is not there. Instead, she finds his family. They welcome her into their home, even though she is the bearer of bad news. She tells them what happened to Dimitri, but doesn’t tell them about her plans for him. Though the Belikovs have offered to let her stay with them, Rose knows she must do what she came to Russia to do.

St. Vladimir’s is never too far away either. Every once in a while, Rose will take a look inside Lissa’s head, or Adrian will pop in and see her in her dreams. Lissa seems to be little lost without her best friend Rose, and has been getting herself into all kinds of trouble. Can she pull herself together and get on with the fact that Rose has gone?

After Shadow Kiss being so good, I was eager to read this book. However, I did not enjoy Blood Promise nearly as much as I enjoyed Shadow Kiss. In Blood Promise, Rose isn’t herself, and it’s as if she’s lost part of herself. She finds herself in all kind of difficult situations, ones that in previous books she would have found her way out of, but in this book, she just sits there and does nothing. Around three quarters of the way through the book, I felt like shouting at the book and telling Rose to hurry up and do something about this. Eventually she did, but it took far longer than it should have.

Though Blood Promise wasn’t the best book in the series, it still had everything expected from a Vampire Academy novel, and I can only hope that Spirit Bound, book 5 in the series, is just as good.

I give it 3 Feet!

Book Review: Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss is the 3rd book in the popular Vampire Academy. Rose only has six weeks of field experience left of her 2 year training, before she can become a real guardian. Having spent most of her life guarding her best friend Lissa, who she is also bonded by spirit with, she thinks that it will be a piece of cake. That is, until she finds out that she isn’t going to be guarding Lissa, she’ll be guarding Lissa’s boyfriend, Christian. And to make things worse, Rose isn’t that big a fan of Christian…
She’s also seeing Mason. Yes, Mason, the boy who was killed by a Strigoi before Rose’s own eyes. But he can’t really be there, can he? There’s no such thing as ghosts, is there? She thinks that she might be going crazy, but she can’t tell anyone because they might confirm her suspicions…

And of course, Dimitri is also a big part of her life. Though she has tried and tried, Rose still cannot seem to get rid of the feelings she has for her instructor. Even though she knows that a relationship between two guardians protecting the same Moroi is forbidden, it makes no difference. She can’t seem to shake her feelings, and neither can Dimitri, no matter how hard they try.

With the field experience and Dimitri, Rose thinks she has enough to deal with for the moment. But of course, there is a twist. Just when life is complicated enough, a Strigoi attack sends her life spiralling out of control. Can she fight them off, and can her friends too? What happens if they can’t? And right at the end, just as you think it’s all going to be OK, something is taken from Rose, something that will change the way she looks at life forever.

Shadow Kiss is by far the best book of the series so far. At the end, there is a cliffhanger, and not just a small one. A really really big one. And it’s not good.

Rose learns a lot in this book, and though her life is being thrown around and falling apart, Rose never strays from who she is and what she believes in. These things make her an interesting character to read, one that doesn’t leave you feeling bored with her, or annoyed because she’s whining all the time. Overall, Richelle Mead has hit the nail on the head with this book, and I can only hope her next book will be just as unputdownable as Shadow Kiss was.

I give it 5 Feet!

Book Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer

Having read the Twilight Saga and loved it, I was really looking forward to this book. But now, after finishing it, I am left feeling disappointed. When I first read Twilight, I was obsessed, and had to read the next books as quickly as I could. After Twilight though, the whole series just went downhill from there. Of course, at the time I read it, I thought they were amazing, but, looking back, I’m not so sure.

Eclipse was my least favourite of the four books. All through it, Bella was moaning and whining, and thinking about it now, I think, ‘How did I ever think this was amazing?’ When the main plot line was finally revealed, I had high expectations, ones that were too high. I was disappointed.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, follows the story of one of the newborns who was created to attack Bella and the Cullens by Victoria. Bree Tanner is a ‘real’ vampire, one that hunts and eats humans, one that can’t go out in the sunlight (or so they think) etc.

The characters, I thought, weren’t particularly well written, and Bree was very annoying. Supposedly, Stephenie Meyer was stepping into the shoes of a real vampire, a monster, a hunter. While Bree may be a real vampire, drinking blood from humans, she is no monster, and not that much of a hunter either. Bree never gets into any trouble, does anything remotely dangerous, and always hides in others (Freaky Fred’s) shadows, or follows behind at a distance. Bree is just a vampire version of Bella really, one who reads, stays out of trouble, and relies on male characters to do the thinking and the hard stuff.

As part of an army to take down the Cullens and their ‘pet human’, you would expect there to be lots of action and fighting on Bree’s part, but in fact, there is none. The newborn vampires are always fighting, ripping each others limbs off, and then reattaching them with saliva, or burning them up into a pile of ashes which is then left in the middle of the floor. All they seem to do is talk about which cartoon superhero is the best, and then go out and imitate them, such as Spider-Man kid.

Eventually, the ‘army’ of new born vampires head out on their suicide mission, to kill the Cullens. But, as we know from Eclipse, they all just end up getting killed. It is all the same as Eclipse, but then Bree looks into Bella’s eyes, and there might maybe be a connection, but maybe not. And the Volturi arrive and Bree is killed, just as we knew she would be.

Overall, the book is not what it was made out to be. Don’t bother buying it, just read it online here from noon tomorrow (7 June). At £11.99, this 178 page book is pricey. While I read it quickly, that’s all it was, a quick read, one that I definitely wont be reading again.

I give it 2 Feet!

Book Review: The Splendour Falls - Rosemary Clement-Moore

Sylvie is broken. Her father;s death broke her heart. Her mother’s remarriage broke her spirit. And a broken leg ends her career as a ballerina. She’s lost so much… is she losing her mind as well?
Shawn is the resident golden boy, the one everyone thinks Sylvie should be with, the obvious choice.
Rhys is handsome and mysterious and has a hold on Sylvie that she doesn’t quite understand.
A heroin who will steal your heart.
A house that will haunt you.
A love story that will leave you breathless. - From the back of the book. 

It’s long. The book, at just over 500 pages, is quite long, and while this is not necessarily a bad thing, a lot of it could have been cut out, and though you wouldn’t get so much information, the story line would still be a good one. The character of Sylvie was very well written, and she is very believable, and all the pain she’s going through from losing her dad, then losing her career as a professional ballerina, and then add in the fear of losing her mind, makes you feel sorry for her, and keep reading to make sure there is a happy ending.

The book can be pretty confusing. There is another whole story of the past, and sometimes, the link between the past and the present could have been better told, and if it had been, I wouldn’t have had to keep flicking through the last few chapters to see what the link was.

Rhys, one of the guys interested in Sylvie was an interesting character. Very secretive at the beginning, but opens up more as you get into the book, makes him very appealing. Shawn, on the other hand, was not very appealing. I think he’s one of those characters that you love to hate, at the beginning he seems like a nice guy, but there’s something a little off about him, and then as you progress through the book you find that instead of something a little off, there is something a lot off.

Overall, the book was very enjoyable, with a nice twist that caught me off guard, if you were looking for something different, then The Splendour Falls would be perfect.

I give it 4 Feet!

Book Review: The Luxe - Anna Godbersen

Elizabeth and Diana Holland seem to rule the social scene in Manhattan. But this might not be the case. But, when the girls find out that they are not as rich as they thought, and are on the brink of becoming poor, Elizabeth is forced to marry Henry Schoonmaker, much to best friend and former contender for Henry’s love, Penelope Hayes. But now, Henry has met Diana, Elizabeth’s little sister, and it seems to him that the younger Holland sister is more interesting than his fiancee. And, to make it all worse, Elizabeth’s heart does not belong to Henry, it belongs to the Holland coachman, Will.

With her family’s fortune depending on her, Elizabeth must choose between what is best for her family, and what is best for herself. She wishes she could just disappear…

The Luxe is Anna Godbersen’s debut novel, and a brilliant one at that. It is Gossip Girl, in the 1800s, and just as good. The characters are written well, and all events seem completely believeable. Some characters make you want to slap them, and others just make you wish that everything would work out with so and so ending up with so and so, even if this is completely unimaginable. This book leaves you hanging on until the very end, and makes you think ‘I really need to know what happened to _____!’ If you enjoy watching Gossip Girl, or have read A Great and Terrible Beauty, and enjoyed it, then this book is for you.

I give it 4 Feet!

Book Review: Wake - Lisa McMann

Janie falls into peoples dreams. Whenever she gets too close to a sleeping person, she gets sucked into dreams and there is nothing she can, no matter how hard she tries. There are the falling dreams, and the being naked in front of lots of people dreams, but then there are also other dreams. Nightmares.

Now Janie is outside, behind a shed. In somebody’s dream. She is alone. She doesn’t quite understand how she can be alone in someone else’s dream, but there she is and there is absolutely nothing she can do. She just hopes that something isn’t going to jump out of the wall or from behind a bush or something…

This book wasn’t great. It was short. Was written oddly. I’m still not quite sure if I liked it or not. People say that it’s a marmite book, you love it or you hate it, but I don’t know which. If the book had taken more time to explain what on earth was going on, it may have been better, but things weren’t explained and I found myself confused as to what was going on.

When I read the blurb of the book, it seemed to me that the author had a good idea forming, but after reading I felt that, she had this idea, but didn’t think it through enough and rushed to get it written down on the page. It was a quick read, and I may buy the next book in the series, but it is definitely nothing more than that, just a quick, read in a couple of hours kind of book.

I give it 3 Feet!

Book Review: The Summoning - Kelley Armstrong

All Chloe Saunders wants is a life like any normal teenager - the chance to get through school, make friends, and maybe meet a boy But when she starts seeing ghosts, she knows that life will never be normal again. 
Soon the ghosts are everywhere, demanding her attention. When Chloe finally breaks dwon, she's admitted to a group home for disturbed kids. At first, Lyle House seems okay, but as she gets to know the other patients - charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a 'thing' for fire - Chloe begins to realise that something strange and sinister binds them all together, and isn't your usual 'problem kid' behaviour. 
And they're about to discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home, either... - From the back of the book.

It starts a little slow. But, it does pick up, and from there, it just gets better and better. I love the storyline, and the characters are real and engaging. The storyline may have been done before, but the author pulls it off amazingly, and it comes out very unique and original.

Chloe Saunders, the main character, is very believable, a vulnerable teenager, who doesn't really understand what is happening to her. I found that I wanted everything to go her way, and that she was happy. The other characters were interesting too, especially Derek. I found myself wanting to know all about Derek, about who he is, what he is, and everything else I could possibly find out about him. All the characters are complex, and have different backgrounds, and you just want to know what happened to all of them, to bring them to Lyle House.

The Summoning, in my opinion, is really really good. It's one of my favourites, and I couldn't wait to read the second one. The characters and setting are likeable and believable, and I hope the series only gets better.

I give it 5 Feet!

Book Review: Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has been watching the wolves that live in the woods behind her house. Her wolf, a gorgeous yellow eyed wolf, has stood at the end of her garden, and Grace cannot seem to live without him.
Sam has lived two lives. His human life, and his… not so human life. In winter, every winter, Sam transforms into a beautiful yellow eyed wolf, protected by the trees. In the summer, he gets a few precious months of normal human life, before the weather gets colder, forcing him to shift back to his wolf form.
When Grace meets a mysterious yellow eyed boy, the familiarity between him and the wolf astonishes her. It can’t be him. But it seems like it is him. But, as winter approaches, Sam must fight to stay human for as long as he can, as shifting may risk losing his human self, and Grace forever.

This book is amazing. Having never read anything by Maggie Stiefvater before, I didn’t really know what to expect, especially as I hadn’t really read any sort of werewolf/shifter book before. But I will definitely be reading some of Maggie Stiefvater’s earlier titles, as well as some more werewolf/shifter books. This book flows really well, is written brilliantly, and will just make you want to read right to the end and then start again, all at once. Can Sam stay human for long enough, or will the cold change him back too soon? Find out in this supernatural love story, full of love, friendship, betrayal, humour, sadness, and most of all, beauty.

I give it 5 Feet!

Book Review: Glass Houses - Rachel Caine

Welcome to Morganville. Just don't stay out after dark. 
Morganville is a small college town filled with unusual characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad come out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows - one that will spill out in the bright light of day. 
For Claire Danvers, high school was hell, but college may be murder. It was bad enough that she got on the wrong side of Monica, the meanest of the school's mean girls, but now she's got three new roommates, who all have secrets of their own. And the biggest secret of all isn't really a secret, except from Claire: Morganville is run by vampires, and they are hungry for fresh blood... - from the back of the book.

I love this series, it's by far one of my favourite vampire series. It's action-packed, fast moving, and you can't stop reading.

This novel highlights problems that many teens face, from all over the world. Claire has over protective parents, is bullied at school by the 'mean girls', and if anyone has ever experienced any of these, then you'll find it easy to relate to Claire. Whether young adult or adult, you'll find yourself loving her, and the book.

There are lots of major plot twists and turns throughout the book, which were completely unpredictable. I have to admit, that while I'm not very good at guessing what's going to happen, I tend to have some kind of idea what would happen, but with Glass Houses, I had no clue.

Glass Houses ends on an enormous cliff hanger, which is really annoying. I had to go out and buy the next two books immediately, as I had to know what happened next, and had finished both The Dead Girls' Dance and Midnight Alley within two days of buying them. I recommend that if you haven't read them yet, buy all the ones you can, as once you read the first page, you won't be able to stop!

I give it 5 Feet!

2010 Debut Authors Reading Challenge

I'm taking part in the 2010 Debut Authors Reading Challenge =] I'm just going to aim for 15 books, but that may go up when I start to get near the end of the challenge...

The Story Siren is hosting this challenge, and all you have to do is read some books by debut authors from 2010 =] For more information and to sign up, you can click here.

My reading list:
The Iron King - Julie Kagawa (finished: 23/05/2010) (REVIEW HERE)
Bleeding Violet - Dia Reeves (finished: 01/07/2010) (REVIEW HERE)
Paranormalcy - Kiersten White (finished: 31/12/2010) (REVIEW HERE)
The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting
Shade - Jeri Smith-Ready
The Dark Divine - Bree Despain (finished: 14/07/2010) (REVIEW HERE)
Numbers - Rachel Ward
Hex Hall - Rachel Hawkins (finished: 13/11/2010) (REVIEW HERE)
Claire de Lune - Christine Johnson (finished: 23/08/2010) (REVIEW HERE)
The Line - Teri Hall
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
Brightly Woven - Alexandra Bracken
Other - Karen Kincy
Whisper - Phoebe Kitanidis
The Phrophecy of Days - Christy Raedeke
Shadow Hills - Anastasia Hopcus
The Secret Year - Jennifer Hubbard
Sea - Heidi R. King
13 To Life - Shannon Delaney

More will probably be added. Or maybe not... =] And, I will pick and choose, and not read them in that order.

Good luck to all who enter! (And yes, I know that it's already half way through the year...) =]

*UPDATE: I think I failed... I'm not going to be able to read all those books by the end if the year (a month and half) and I have other books that I want to read. So, consider this me giving up on this challenge. Shame. Never mind, I've now made my list of books for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge, which I'll hopefully do a lot better! =]

A bit about me...

I review books. YA supernatural books mostly, but sometimes another genre may creep in too... I love reading. I read for fun, not something many teenagers like me do, which I think is sad. I made this blog to share my love of books with the world, as I can't do this where I am.
This blog originally started on Wordpress, but I have decided to move to Blogger, just to see if it's better. If not, this blog will be deleted and will remain at Wordpress, so if you can't find it one day, head over to and everything should be there =]

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