Thursday, 30 September 2010

Teaser Tuesday #1: Graceling

Yes, I know it's Thursday. But, I just found this, and thought I have to do that. And seeing as Tuesday is 5 days away, I might have forgotten, so for today, and just for today, it's going to have to be Teaser Thursday...

Anyway, this week's teaser is from Graceling - Kristin Cashore, and it comes from page 144:

 "She felt suddenly and sharply that Po was smarter than she, worlds smarter, and that she was a brute in comparison. An unthinking and unfeeling brute."

What's your Teaser Tuesday? Leave a comment and a link! =]


I just got home, and guess what I found? Torment! Yay. I don't know why I'm so excited, as, if you've read my review of Fallen  you'll know that I didn't particularly like it, but I'm very excited to read it. Maybe it's because I really hope this one's going to be better? I don't know. Anyway, must finish Graceling, so I can read Torment... =]

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Book Review: Blue Bloods - Melissa de la Cruz

Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes to the Prada and the pearls worn by her classmates. But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler's life changes dramatically. The death of a popular schoolmate haunts her in unexpected ways. And the strangest of all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
Once an outcast, Schuyler is thrust into Manhattan's most exclusive social circle. Its members are the powerful, the wealthy, and - as Schuyler soon discovers - the unhuman. They are Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires, and for centuries, they've been invincible. Now something is preying on this elite group, and Schuyler wants to find out the truth. But is she the most vulnerable of them all? - From the back of the book.

Blue Bloods is the first in the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz. Though it is not her debut novel, it is her first foray into the vampire world. It's basically Gossip Girl with vampires, and it's awesome. It has posh parties, expensive clothes, beautiful people, but also, it has an amazing supernatural element.

The vampires in Blue Bloods are angels, fallen to earth. There are only 400 souls that are reincarnated every generation, and they have blue blood. They do not kill humans for food, just perform a sacred ritual to make sure they'll always have blood to drink. The whole thing is run by The Committee,  which runs the whole city, disguised as a charity. This was good, as the vampires are thought to be superior, which explains the hierarchy of high society well, to people who might not know.

The characters are likeable and believable, and they really drive the story. They are typical Upper East Side teenagers, and are written well. They can be annoying at times, and this just makes them so much more real.
Blue Bloods is really good, and anyone with a love of vampires or Gossip Girl or just reading in general should pick this up, as it will be loved by everyone, and will leave you hungry for the next book, Masquerade.

I give it 4 Feet!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Book Review: Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys in her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgement. 
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and knows more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of a centuries-old battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and sooner or later, she's going to have to pick a side...

I love Hush, Hush. It is my favourite angel book, and I cannot wait until the 18th October, when my copy of Crescendo will be delivered by my postman. I will be reading it as quickly as possible, for these books are so good.

It has been compared a lot to Twilight. I think it's sad that so many books have been. This, The Hunger Games, Beautiful Creatures, etc. Hush, Hush is a way better book than Twilight. Yes, I used to have an obsession with Twilight, but now I have realised that actually, there are so many other books out there that are better, that should never be compared to Twilight.

The story is told through the eyes of Nora Grey. I think the books that are best are the books written in first-person, because you get so much insight into the way that a certain character thinks and behaves, and it just adds so much more to a book. Although, it's only one character, they also interpret the way that other people act, far better than I would have, if I was just reading the book in third person. It helps me get a real feel of the characters, and makes it easier to relate to them, which is good.

Patch is by far my favourite character in the book. He's so mysterious and brooding, yet he's sweet and sensitive around Nora. He falls so hard for her, and so his plans (I won't reveal what they are) change, for the better. Their story has everything it needs, and I absolutely cannot wait for Crescendo, the next book in the series, as I said before. I can only imagine that it will be amazing.

I give it 5 Feet!

Book Review: Fallen - Lauren Kate

Some angels are destined to fall.
Instant. Intense. Weirdly familiar...
The moment Luce looks at Daniel she knows she has never felt life this before. Except she can't shake the feeling that she has...  and with him - a boy she doesn't remember ever setting eyes on. 
Will her attempt to find out why enlighten her - or destroy her? - From the back of the book.

Fallen is the first book in a series by Lauren Kate. Everyone is going on and on about how it's really amazing. But, I have to say, I didn't like it. I don't know why this is, maybe because I couldn't get into it, or because I couldn't be bothered to read it at the time, I don't know. I just didn't like it.

Luce Price, the main character, is very annoying. She comes across as stupid, yet apparently she's super smart, according to her grades. She stalks people, and is in a reform school.

This reform school, is very laid back. There is very little security, and though I've never been to one, or know much about them, I would have thought there would be a lot more security. I mean, the kids have to have been put there for a reason, because they're a danger to themselves and/or the people around them, so why is there very little security? I don't know...

Anyway, rant over. Daniel Grigori is the boy that everyone wants. He's obviously the Edward of this book. When he flips off Bella Luce, what does she do? She becomes obsessed with him. OK, so he obviously hates you, so why go falling in love with him?... And she even goes as far as to break into the school records room to find out more about him. She can't just talk to him, she has to go and read through private records...

After all I've said though, I am going to be reading the next book in the series. Not much happened in the first 400 pages of the 452 pages in the book, but in the last 52, there was actually a little bit of actual plot, and it sort of interested me. I just hope that the second one, Torment, will be a lot better, and that I won't be disappointed, like I was with Fallen.

I give it 3 Feet! 

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Book Review: The Reckoning - Kelley Armstrong

Chloe Saunders is fifteen and would love to be normal. Unfortunately, Chloe happens to be a genetically engineered necromancer who can raise the dead without even trying. She and her equally gifted (or should that be 'cursed'?) friends are now running for their lives from the evil corporation that created them. 
As if that's not enough, Chloe is struggling with her feelings for Simon, a sweet-tempered sorcerer, and his brother Derek, a now so sweet-tempered werewolf. And she has a horrible feeling she's leaning toward the werewolf...
Definitely not normal. - From the back of the book.

This book is the best in the trilogy. The plot, the writing, the characters, the setting, - everything about it was just perfect.

Chloe Saunders is definitely one of my favourite heroines. I was genuinely sad when the series ended, and although I realise that it needed to finish there, I was still sad.

The characters grow even more in The Reckoning. It was nice when they all came together and worked as a group to save themselves. Chloe learns a lot more about her powers and how to use them, and this is useful for her. Derek was still my favourite character though, and we get an even better understanding of him, and what he is, does and why.

There is a little bit of romance, though not very much. This is OK though, because though it was only a little, I found that it was enough. Some books go really over the top on romance, and sometimes it ruins it, though this book had a nice amount. As the romance isn't important to the plot, it didn't really matter.

The writing is effortless and quick. There is always something happening, yet you don't get confused as to what is happening and when. The scenes where Chloe uses her powers, and when Derek changes are amazing, and even though it couldn't possibly be real, of course, it feels like it is.

The Reckoning is a really great ending to a really great series, and if you haven't done so already, you should read it!

I give it 5 Feet!

Book Review: The Awakening - Kelley Armstrong

Chloe Saunders used to be a normal teenage girl - or so she thought. Then she learned the shocking truth - she was a walking science experiment. Genetically altered at birth by a sinister team of scientists know as the Edison Group, Chloe is an aberration - a powerful necromancer who can see ghosts and even raise the dead, often with terrifying consequences. Even worse, her growing powers have made her a threat to the surviving members of the Edison Group, who have decided it's time to end their experiment - permanently...
Now Chloe is running for her life with three other supernatural teenagers - a charming sorcerer, a troubled werewolf and a temperamental young witch. Together they have a chance of freedom - but can Chloe trust her new friends? - From the back of the book.

 The second instalment in the Darkest Powers trilogy is the better of the two first books. The first one, The Summoning, set up the unique and original storyline, and introducing the likeable and believable characters, but it started a little slow. So, now after reading the second one, I am glad that I did read this series.

The Awakening has flawless characters and storylines. It was really well written, with no plot holes. The characters grew so much in this book, and the plot development was fantastic. You learned more and more about each of the characters as the book went on, and this was good, as some of the questions I found myself asking in the first book were answered. Chloe's character shone even more in this book, and she is one of my favourite heroins. She stands up for herself, and is no longer the vulnerable teenager she once was. She doesn't need a cute boy to come and save her, she can do that herself, but the inclusion of cute boys is not a bad thing...

I like Derek better of Simon and Derek, as he is more mysterious, and not as pushy as Simon. We find out a lot more about him in The Awakening, and he is not what I thought he would be. He's the bad boy, but not really. He's just a troubled teenager, trying to cope with what is happening to him.

I think, if you are a fan of YA paranormal romance, you should read this series. It is not boring, and it keeps you reading for hours on end. It is better than the first one, so if you were disappointed with The Summoning, keep going and read The Awakening, which is by far better, and will make you glad you did!

I give it 5 Feet!

Book Review: The Sweet Far Thing - Libba Bray

It has been a year since Gemma Doyle first arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy and much has changed. Having bound the wild, dark magic of the Realms to her, Gemma has forged unlikely friendships with Ann and Felicity, and Kartik, the exotic young man whose companionship is forbidden. She has also come to an uneasy, tenuous truce with the fearsome creatures of the Realms. 
But now the time has come to test the strength of those bonds. As her friendship with Ann and Felicity faces its gravest trial and with the Order grappling for control of the Realms, Gemma is compelled to decide once and for all which path she is meant to take. Her destiny threatens to set chaos loose, not only in the Realms, but also upon the rigid Victorian society whose rules Gemma has both defied and followed. Where does Gemma really belong? And will she, can she, survive? - From the back of the book.

This is the last instalment in the Gemma Doyle trilogy, and I'm disappointed to see it end. I wish there could be another book or two, but there's not going to be. And if there was, I think it might have ruined it. But still. Another year in the world of Gemma Doyle does sound good...

This book is very long. At 819 pages, there is a lot of story. The first few hundred pages were quite slow moving, but after that, it's very hard to put down.

The thing about these books is that they started my love of historical fiction. I found I preferred the parts of the book that were in the real world, outside of the Realms, than the bits that Gemma and her friends were in the Realms. I don't know why this is, but I'm pretty sure it's just me, not the way it's written. There were lots of twists are turns, some that were obviously going to happen, and others that I wouldn't have guessed were going to happen at all. Although, looking back, it wouldn't be as good if they weren't there.

After finishing the book, I was sad. I wouldn't be able to look forward to another book in the series. I'd become very attached to the books, and I didn't realise. But, then again, I always feel that way after finishing a series... I also found it hard to get into another book, because I kept comparing it to the Gemma Doyle trilogy, and in comparison, they were not good.

The series came to an amazing end, and I am very pleased with the way it ended. Sometimes, you get books and they're really good, and they build up to an impressive end, but the writer just can't deliver. And The Sweet Far Thing is NOT one of those. I would quite happily read the books again, and I'm sure I will, in the next few years.  I'd recommend it to everyone, for everyone will love it!

I give it 5 Feet!

Book of the Week #1

Every week, I will post a book of the week. I think you should read it. It might be new, it might be really old. It doesn't matter. It will just be a book, that I have read, and think you should read. =]

This week, for the first one, I'm going to say...


Title: Clockwork Angel 
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: September 2010
When I Read It: September 2010
Synopsis: Magic is dangerous - but love is more dangerous still. 
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by - and torn between - two best friends and quickly realises that love may be the most dangerous magic of all. - From the back of the book. 
Recommended if: You love The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare; you love young adult fiction; you love the genre (Paranormal).
Ages: 13+
Why I Loved It:  Because it is very well written, easy to read, and not too short. Also, I love Cassandra Clare, so of course, I loved this! 

Book Review: Rebel Angels - Libba Bray

It's the end of the year, and Gemma's looking forward to living it up in London. Balls, fancy gowns and dancing with the handsome Simon Middleton beckon. Best of all, it's time away from Spence Academy - and from the Realms.
But the lure of the enchanted world is strong, and the magic flows freely. Gemma's visions intensify - visions of three girls all dressed in white, suffering horror and menace. Clearly all is not well in the Realms - or out of them. - From the back of the book.

Rebel Angels is the second in Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy. It continues Gemma's story, and is just as good as A Great and Terrible Beauty. It's a good sequel, and ties up all loose ends from the first book. It also adds more characters, new situations and another mysterious plot.

This is not your usual YA historical fiction book. While there is a lot of balls, gowns and dancing, there is also something more sinister lurking behind the scenes. Magic, danger and suspense pull you in, and you find yourself lost in the world of the Realms. The writing is smooth and has no holes, and fits the time.

There is a lot of dialogue in this book, and it's written flawlessly. Sometimes, it can be difficult to write, and doesn't feel natural coming out of a certain character's mouth. In Rebel Angels though, the dialogue is amazing, all of it sounding as if you had just stepped into London in 1895.

Every character was written perfectly. Even though some of them were hard to like at times, it was necessary to the plot. Gemma's narration brought them altogether, and I always wanted to carry on reading, even when I needed to stop. Kartik makes more of an appearance, and Simon Middleton makes an entrance. It was obvious how it was going to turn out, though it didn't ruin the book at all. Rebel Angels is amazing, a really good follow up, and I can only imagine that The Sweet Far Thing, the last book in the trilogy will be just as good.

I give it 5 Feet!

Book Review: A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray

It's 1895 and, after the death of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have a uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma finds her reception a chilly one. She's not completely alone, though... she's being followed by a mysterious young man, sent to warn her to close her mind against the visions.
It's at Spence that Gemma's power to attract the supernatural unfolds, as she becomes entangled with the school's most powerful girls and discovers her mother's connection to a shadowy, timeless group called The Order. Her destiny awaits... if only Gemma can believe in it. - From the back of the book.

Although A Great and Terrible Beauty has been billed as historical fiction, this is probably inaccurate. Gemma is not your typical Victorian, more like a twenty-first century girl dropped into the world of 1895. This, however, did not bother me.

I absolutely love this book. The setting is good, and the proper English boarding school feels real. The magic in the realms also felt real, even though we all know that there is no such thing. Gemma is the best part of the book though. She's not afraid to speak her mind, and it's fun to hear her thoughts, especially when they're sarcastic and sometimes rude, and the other girls' reactions are hilarious.

A Great and Terrible Beauty is slow moving, but in a good way. It's very detailed, so it's very easy to get lost in the world of Gemma Doyle and it's not like anything else I've ever read. It sets up the next two books nicely, and I couldn't wait to get lost in those books too. It's high-quality British drama, and will be loved by all kinds of readers, from teens to adults.

I give it 5 Feet!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets...
There is a girl.
Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head... Green eyes, black hair.
Lena Duchannes.
There is a curse.
On the sixteenth moon, of the sixteenth year, the book will take what it's been promised.
And no one can stop it.
In the end there is a grave.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed, and, on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.
Ethan never even saw it coming.
- From the back of the book.

Why does everything in the YA paranormal romance genre get billed the next Twilight? Beautiful Creatures, even before publication had been getting lots of comparisons to Twilight. The authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl have already been given a movie deal, also brings people to the conclusion that it must be the new Twilight. Beautiful Creatures, though, in my opinion, is the better of the two series.

Beautiful Creatures is good. Really good. The best thing about it is the amazing world that has been created. It's magical and original, and has the sense of a real place. It has a gothic, Southern setting and has Civil War re enactments, and long family histories, going back generations. The authors capture what it's like to live in a small village perfectly, and readers can relate to that, even if they do not live in a small village themselves.

Ethan and Lena are typical teenagers. They are my favourite characters in the book, although occasionally they're annoying. Which is just typical teenage behaviour. Lena is different from other young adult heroines, though she does have a tendency to mope around in her room all day. Ethan is bored of his town, and wants something interesting to happen, and that's exactly what he gets. Teen readers will definitely be able to relate to Ethan and Lena, something I think is really important in a YA book.

The ending disappointed me though. I have to say, by the end, I was ready for an amazing finale, and it didn't deliver. I was all ready for the birthday of the century, but the ending was all about setting up the next book, rather than the actual birthday.

Overall though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it to all paranormal romance fans, teen or adult, and I think Twilight fans will also love it. The second book, Beautiful Darkness is coming out in October, and I can't wait!

I give it 4 Feet!

Book Review: Darklight - Lesley Livingston

Faerie can't lie... or can they?
Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved the mortal realm from the ravages of the Wild Hunt. Now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the remaining Hunters and Queen Mabh herself.
When a terrifying encounter sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but destined to be cut short. An ancient, hidden magick is stirring, and a dangerous new enemy is willing to risk everything to claim that power. Caught in a web of Faerie deception and shifting allegiances, Kelley and Sonny must tread carefully, for each next step could topple a kingdom... or tear them apart.
- From the back of the book.

Darklight is even better than Wondrous Strange. As a lot of Wondrous Strange was setting up the story, Livingston could start right away with the story and action in Darklight. Also, a lot of the secondary characters in Wondrous Strange played bigger parts in this book, and that gave you an insight into them. I enjoyed learning about them, and also the Courts of Faerie too. There were some ends left open at the end of the book, and hopefully these secondary characters and their stories will make another appearance in the third book.

Kelley and Sonny's love grew in Darklight, though there was a lot of tension. From the end of Wondrous Strange and the beginning of Darklight, they had been separated, and so, even though they did end up together again at the end, there were some rocky situations along the way. Which just makes everything more interesting.

The writing of Darklight was engaging and easy to read, making it easy to get lost in the world of the Faeries. The characters are written well, and some sinister Leprechauns make the writing that much better.
At the end of Darklight, a big secret is revealed. This left me anxious for the nest book, and I can only think that the last book in this trilogy, Tempestuous, will be as good as the first two.

I give it 5 Feet!

Friday, 24 September 2010

Redo-ing Reviews

I've decided that I'm going to redo some of my reviews. The ones I wrote when I just started the blog, the ones that are just a summary of the book. I'm going to redo them, and then actually review them, so that it'll be easier to decide which books you want to get. They weren't very good, and I fear that people will read the rubbish reviews and not come back and read the better ones. So, all rubbish reviews are being redone! =]

Of course, I'll still be adding new reviews, of books I'm reading at the moment!

Thanks, Bella.

Book Review: Wondrous Strange - Lesley Livingston

Since the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken...
For seventeen year old actress Kelley Winslow, faeries are just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery, whose steel-gray eyes mask an equally steely determination to protect her.
Sonny guards the Samhain Gate, which connects the mortal realm with the Faerie's enchanted, dangerous Otherworld. Usually kept shut by order of icy King Auberon, the Gate stands open but once a year.
This year, as the time approaches when the Samhain Gate will swing wide and nightmarish Fae will fight their way into an unsuspecting human world, something differnet is happening... something wondrous and strange. And Kelley's eyes are opening not just to the Faeries that surround her but to the heritage that awaits her.
Now Kelley must navigate deadly Faerie treachery - and her growing feelings for Sonny - in this dazzling page-turner filled with luminous romance.
- From inside book jacket.

I love faeries. Better than vampires, and definitely better than werewolves. So, when I heard about Wondrous Strange, I had to read it.

Kelley Winslow is one of my favourite heroins. She's sarcastic, strong, and doesn't let the fact that faeries have suddenly found their way into her life, let it come tumbling down around her. She was interesting, and entertained me throughout the whole novel, and there wasn't one bad bit about her. She's in love with Sonny Flannery, a Janus guard, who has to guard the Samhain Gate, and their romance was funny and new. Instead of having a laid back guy and a serious and determined girl, it was the other way around, and was unlike many other romances in books, which is always good.

A lot of the book is based around A Midsummer Night's Dream. I have seen the play a few times, but knew very little about it, before I read Wondrous Strange. Now, having read it, I know a whole lot more. It inspired me to go and read A Midsummer Night's Dream, but I haven't actually got around to it. And I probably won't, but at the time, I was quite interested. And, the good thing about this, was that even though I didn't really know much about the play, it was all fit perfectly into the story, and I didn't need to know anything about A Midsummer Night's Dream to understand Wondrous Strange.

Wondrous Strange is really good, and is one of my favourite Faerie series. With magic, romance, action, and fun, it's unputdownable! I really recommend you go out and buy it immediately, and read it. You won't be disappointed.

I give it 5 Feet!

Friday, 17 September 2010

Book Review: Glass - Ellen Hopkins

One little bit, my heart revs high, then settles into quick-step mode. How I've missed that race and pound. How I've missed the lack of control.
Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it's all the same; a monster. Kristina thinks she can control it. Now, with a baby to care for, she is determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots. But the monster is strong, and before she knows it, Kristina is back in its grip... and it won't let go. - From the back of the book.

Ellen Hopkins is amazing. I loved Crank, and I loved Glass even more. I just hope she has written Fallout just as well.

I do have to say though, that this book is incredibly frustrating. The most annoying thing about it is, the fact that Kristina knew she was slowly killing herself, she was unable to look after herself, let alone her baby, and that she had completely destroyed her life, yet she still kept going back to the drugs. I don't have an experience with an addiction like that, but surely having a baby, some one to be responsible for, is enough to set you back on your feet?

Glass is written in the same format as Crank, in poems. They're not really poems though, just a story set out in a different way. I like it this way, because it makes it seem more like someone who is on drugs is telling the story, rather than having it set out like a regular book. It just helps to set the scene.

Kristina starts off well in the second book in the series. She doesn't smoke or use, because she's been pregnant, with Hunter. Now though, Hunter is born, and she's craving cancer sticks and meth. She tries a new form of crank, called glass, and is immediately addicted. Though she promises herself to keep her usage low and keep Bree locked away inside her head, slowly, her condition deteriorates. And she won't, or can't, stop using.

Glass is very depressing. If you've read Crank, you'll understand. It's for hardcore readers, and if you only like light and fluffy novels, then this isn't for you. It's definitely a book for older teens, and if you can cope with hardcore books, then you'll love this. If not, I wouldn't recommend it. I'm still going to give it 5 stars though!

I give it 5 Feet!

New Releases In October

I'm going to start doing posts about half way through each month that tells you all about the releases coming out the next month. So, these are the books I'm waiting for in October! I'll add a picture and a link to the Shelfari page, and release dates underneath. =]

Alpha - Rachel Vincent
Series: Shifters
Release date: 1st October, 2010
Why: Because it is the finale to the Shifters series, and it's going to be amazing!

Empty - Suzanne Weyn
Release date: 1st October, 2010
Why: The cover... Need I say more? And the plot sounds good, not something I'd usually go for, but I'm interested...

Freefall - Mindi Scott
Release date: 5th October, 2010
Why: That cover is gorgeous... And the tagline is intriguing...

Bright Young Things - Anna Godbersen
Release Date: 12th October, 2010
Why: Because, if it's anywhere near as good as The Luxe, it'll be amazing!

Enchanted Ivy - Sarah Beth Durst
Release date: 12th October, 2010
Why: Talking with the gargoyles, flirting with the were-tigers, riding with the dragons...

Cate of the Lost Colony - Lisa Klein
Release date: 12th October, 2010
Why: Just because I'm a sucker for historical fiction...

The Properties of Water - Hannah Roberts McKinnon
Release Date: 26th October, 2010
Why: Because it seems interesting. And the cover looks interesting. I do like covers.

Hunger - Jackie Morse Kessler
Release Date: 18th October, 2010
Why: Because of that cover. Don't know anything about the book at all, but that cover...

Misguided Angel - Melissa de la Cruz
Release date: 26th October, 2010
Why: Because it's Blue Bloods. And Blue Bloods is amazing.

Elixir - Hliary Duff
Release date: 16th October, 2010
Why: Because I like Hilary Duff. I liked her in Gossip Girl. So I want to read her book. If she actually wrote it herself.

Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick
Release date: 14th October, 2010
Why: Because I have been waiting for a year, after I fell in love with Hush, Hush...

Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Release date: 28th October, 2010
Why: Because it's the second Beautiful Creatures book. Need I say more?

Missed anything? Comment, and I'll add it!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Book Review: Full Moon - Rachel Hawthorne

I may be promised to another... but thoughts of Rafe consume me. I don't know how much longer I can resist.
Lindsey is wild and reckless, a natural rebel - maybe because her entire life was laid out for her even before she was born. Her parents are among the most powerful members of the Dark Guardians, an ancient tribe of werewolves, and they arranged Lindsey's betrothal to Connor long ago. The next full moon is coming all too soon, and then her commitment to Connor will be final - no turning back. She should be happy... So why can't she stop thinking about gorgeous, brooding Rafe?
When a dangerous threat on the pack escalates, so do tensions between Connor and Rafe. A fight over Lindsey is imminent, but will it be to the death?
- From the back of the book.

Lindsey's whole life had always been planned out for her, right from when she was small. She was promised to Connor, and she couldn't think of anyone else, until she started thinking about Rafe. And that's where it got complicated.

I think the blurb of this book gives a lot of the story away. It tells you about the love triangle, and about the ending. I won't say what else it gives away, in case you didn't realise what it meant... Anyway, back to the review.

Full Moon is told from Lindsey's point of view, instead of Kayla's, like the first book. I like this, because you get more insight to the characters, and it's easier to understand what goes on in each of their heads. Also, you get a totally different view on everything, and for Hawthorne to be able to write like that, so different every time, is amazing.

Full Moon was just as good as Moonlight. There were just as many twists and turns, with one massive surprise at the end, that I wasn't expecting at all. There is something happening all the time, and there is never a dull moment reading this book.

The plot is well thought out and has no hole, and the writing is easy to read and interesting. I really enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to any werewolf loving teen. It's really good, and leaves you on a cliffhanger, longing for the next book, Dark of the Moon, which I can't wait to get my hands on.

I give it 4 Feet!

Book Review: Stake That! - Mari Mancusi

Two sisters - as different as the sun and the rain. For one, getting into the Blood Coven is to die for, but it seems destiny has something else in mind...
Rayne McDonald had it all figured out: Get turned into a vampire, become the mate of the Blood Coven leader, and live the high life for all eternity. Too bad the head vamp took a bite out of her twin sister by mistake. Now, not only is Rayne still not a vampire, but she learns she's a slayer instead - destined to destroy vamps gone bad.
After being recruited by a secret organization, Rayne is given her first mission: infiltrate a seedy bar downtown and expose its vampire owner, Maverick, for purposely spreading a nasty blood virus. Luckily the Blood Coven sends some help - in the form of sexy vampire Jareth. Will vampire and slayer be able to settle their differences and work together to bring down the evil Maverick? Or will they find their own hearts at risk?
- From the back of the book.

Stake That! is the second book in Mari Mancusi's Blood Coven series. It picks up straight from where Boys That Bite left off, only instead of telling Sunny's story, it tells Rayne's. Also, if you haven't read the first one, you could probably read this one and not get too confused, as everything that happened in the first book is summarized in the first chapter.

Stake That! is told in the form of a blog, IM chats and diary entries. This makes it easy and interesting to read, and adds humour. It is once again, as Boys That Bite was, full of references to TV shows and films, including Buffy, 24, Dracula and The Lost Boys.

So much happens in this book, and as its so fast paced, you are never left hanging. Rayne, as the author of the blog, packs in so much in just a few pages, it just makes you need to keep reading to find out what happens. There is plenty to keep the reader entertained, including a plan to expose their mother's new boyfriend as a vampire, with ideas taken straight from the 80s vampire movies they rented from Blockbuster.

This book is the ideal chick lit vampire book. It has everything it needs to be amazing, and more. I would suggest that however old you are, whether you're a teen, or an adult, that you should read this book, as it is perfect and could be enjoyed by all ages.

I give it 5 Feet!

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Book Review: Moonlight - Rachel Hawthorne

I see him and know what this turmoil inside of me means: He's the one. My forever.
KAYLA is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can't understand why she's so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she's inherited a terrifying - and thrilling - gene that will change her life forever.
LUCAS is dangerous, gorgeous... and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to preotect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm's way.
As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels certain is her destiny.
- From the back of the book.

Moonlight is the first in a series by Rachel Hawthorne. I was looking for a short book that I could read quickly, while I was waiting for another book to be released. (Linger, I think) Anyway, I wanted something that would keep me entertained, and that's exactly what I got.

It was fun, interesting, and had a little fantasy and a little romance in it. The plot wasn't too complex, and was easy to follow, which kept me turning pages fast.

The characters were believable, but weren't too complex, which sometimes is nice. It had a great storyline, and now I finally have the second book, I can't wait to read it!

I give it 4 Feet!

Book Review: Keys to the Repository - Melissa de la Cruz

Won't you come inside?
Lavish Parties. Passionate meetings in the night. Bone-chilling murders. Exams. The day-to-day life of Schuyler Van Alen and her Blue Bloods friends (and enemies) is never boring.
But there's oh-so-much more to know about the beautiful and powerful Blue Bloods. Below the streets of Manhattan, within the walls of the Repository, lies a wealth of revealing short stories, journal entries, and never-before-seen letter about the vampire elite dating back through time.
- From the back of the book.

Keys to the Repository is a companion book to the popular Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz. It contains short stories, character profiles, and has never before seen information about the Blue Bloods series. Only it doesn't.

At the beginning, it gives you an overview of the whole series of Blue Bloods books. There is nothing in this that we don't already know from the books themselves, although, if you have forgotten anything, it was quite a good reminder.

Then, it goes into character profiles. These bored me, and I ended up skimming them. They just tell you a little about the characters and their stories, again, nothing we didn't already know though. There were tiny snippets of information that wasn't in the books, but these were insignificant, and will probably get forgotten.
Then, there was the short stories. Dylan's story, Shelter Island was good. It is set in between Blue Bloods and Masquerade, and although it is not told by Dylan, it does give a little insight into what happened to him. The other short stories, however, weren't exactly short stories, more like deleted or extended scenes, that could have been taken straight from the books, or slotted right in.

Bliss's story though, was an excerpt from de la Cruz's new book she's writing about wolves, so that's not really a short story, though I did enjoy it, and will be buying the book, Wolf Pact, when it comes out.
While Keys to the Repository will please any hard-core Blue Bloods fans, I do think it's more of a borrow from a friend or library book, or buy in an offer. It's short and full of things I already knew, and I found myself skimming through a lot of it. I was hoping for more exclusive information, and I didn't get it. I was quite disappointed by this book, but while it wasn't great, it did leave me hungry for the next book, Misguided Angel.

Note: It is FULL of spoilers. Do not read if you haven't read all the Blue Bloods books, and don't want to be spoiled.

I give it 4 Feet!

Book Review: Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous -
but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and haunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by - and torn between - two best friends and quickly realises that love may be the most dangerous magic of all. - From the back of the book.

I love Cassandra Clare. I think she's amazing. So, having read The Mortal Instruments series, I started to look for something else by her. And I found that she was coming out with a prequel series called The Infernal Devices. I was so happy. I knew it was going to be amazing and I was right. It was. And, I think it was BETTER than The Mortal Instruments.

This series is set in Victorian London. It is so different to the world we live in now, obviously, yet it felt so real and easy to imagine living in. Even though there were no vampires or Shadowhunters in Victorian London, the detail and realness of the writing made it seem believable that there were these things in that time.

Although it is a prequel, you do not have to have read The Mortal Instruments to enjoy this book. I haven't yet read City of Glass, though it is on my waiting list, and I was a little worried that there would be spoilers. I don't know why though, seeing as this was set before... Anyway, there were some small connections between the two, such as characters in both series with the same surname, but they weren't important. The one main connection though, was the appearance of one of the characters from The Mortal Instruments, Magnus Bane. I was very pleased to find him in this novel, as I have to say he is one of my favourite characters from TMI, so that was good.

Cassandra Clare does a brilliant job of explaining about the history of the Shadowhunters in TMI, but seeing it actually played out in The Infernal Devices is even better. TID gives you an insight to the characters from TMI, and this means we can learn even more about them, and where they came from.

Clare is an amazing writer. I cannot state this enough. She writes memorable and complex characters, and they feel like real people. Tessa Gray is quiet and ladylike, yet underneath, she has courage and guts, and I admire her for this. And we all know Clare does a great job of creating male characters... Will and Jem are definitely my favourite characters. I am definitely looking forward to reading more about them in the next books in the series, and following them in their stories.

Everything about this book is awesome. If you asked me which was my favourite bit, I wouldn't be able to tell you, same as I wouldn't be able to tell you which bit i liked least. The whole book was amazing; it was entertaining and interesting, and it kept me turning pages into the night. You feel as though you have left the world you live in now, and have woken up in a completely different place and time. The Infernal Devices is better than The Mortal Instruments, and I wish I could go out and buy the next book, but I can't. Whether you've read The Mortal Instruments or not, you will love this book!

I give it 5 Feet!

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