Saturday, 29 December 2012

My Favourite Books of 2012

There were many books I loved in 2012,  here is a list of some of my favourite books of 2012:

1) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi -
 I loved this book so much from the characters to the setting to the plot. I loved everything about it.

2) Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers -
I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. I don't read much historical fiction and this was a nice change.

3) The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead -
 I love the characters in this series so much, they're just so full of life. Richelle Mead is one of my favourite authors so of course The Golden Lily is in this list.

4) Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas -
I read the novellas of this series before I read Throne of Glass and I was surprised at how good they were because usually novellas of most series' just feel like fillers until the full-length book is out but with the Throne of Glass novellas it felt as if each was a full-length novel. I knew then that Throne of Glass would be just as good and I'm glad to say I was not disappointed.

5) For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund -
 I loved this book much more than I was expecting to love it. I loved the sci-fi elements but I loved the epic love story between the main characters the most.

6) UnWholly by Neal Shusterman -
I absolutely loved the first book in this series because the storyline was just so unique and original. I thought this book wouldn't live up to the first but it definitely did.

7) The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa -
 I really liked the journey the main character went on in this book.

8) Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver -
I thought this was a great sequel to Delirium and I really love Lauren Oliver's writing style.

9) Bitten by Kelley Armstrong -
I loved this book. It's the first in a 13 book series, which I read all this year and this is one of my favourites of this series.

10) City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare -
The Mortal Instruments is one of my all-time favourite series so of course City of Lost Souls was one of my top favourite books I read this year.

11) The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams -
This book stands out to me because I think it has the perfect blend of romance and action, which is sometimes hard to find in books.

12) Starters by Lissa Price -
 I really liked the plot of this book and I liked the twist near the end of the book.

Honourable mentions:

Fever series by Karen Marie Moning

Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R Ward

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

The Goddess Test series by Aimée Carter

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Review: Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck
Book 2 in The Tiger Saga
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Age group: Young adult

Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest--this time with Ren's dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger's Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, TIGER'S QUEST brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.

My thoughts:

What I like most about this series is it's originality.  I like the whole idea of these Indian Princes who have been turned into tiger's and are trying to break the curse that made them that way.

Although I do like this series, I had some trouble with reading Tiger's Quest.  The problem was that it took me about a week and a half to finish it when normally it would only take me half of that time.  In the first half of the book I felt like there wasn't much happening, it felt very slow.  Another problem I felt about this book was it's size, it's nearly 500 pages and because it's so long the slow parts felt even longer.  I felt that a lot of scenes couldn't been cut out to make to story better paced.  The scenes I'm talking about are the information scenes where Mr Kadam tells Kelsey some myths/legends/stories and then after he's finished, after going into a lot of detail, Kelsey asks even more questions on the subject. 

Another thing I didn't like was how Kelsey's foster/adoptive parents didn't question anything.  For example at the start of the book when Kelsey was given her own house and car they didn't really question it that much, it was as if it was a normal everyday occurence.

Kishan is in a lot of this book, even more than Ren (I'll not say why because of spoilers).  So we kind of see the early beginnings of a love triangle and I know what you're thinking, not again.  Being a Ren fan, when I saw the way things were going in this book I was prepared to be angry at Kelsey but it didn't go the way I thought, so instead of being angry at Kelsey I understood how she felt about both brothers.  I wasn't expecting my own feelings to change in this book but they did.

In the middle of the book the plot started to take off and the second half of the book was really action packed and more exciting than the first half.  During the book you find out more about Lokesh which was interesting because we get to see more of the man that put the curse on Ren and Kishan.  There is a twist in this book near the end that I didn't expect and I'm excited to see how, when or if it gets resolved.   I like how both the books in this series I've read so far deals with its own section of the curse and the adventures the characters go through trying to break it. 

Overall I liked this book.  I thought the first half of it dragged a bit but the last half made up for it.  I thought I wouldn't be looking forward to the next one as much because of how long it took me to read this book but the twist near the end has me excited for reading the next book.


Saturday, 1 December 2012

Reading Wrap-up for November 2012

I only read five books in November.  Here is a list of them:
Lover Avenged bu J.R Ward
Lover Mine by J.R Ward
Taken by Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Night's Darkest Embrace by Jeaniene Frost
Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Weeks topic is: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For 2013

1) Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi -
I loved Under the Never Sky and I can't wait to read about Aria and Perry again in Through the Ever Night.

2) The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter -
After the cliffhanger in Goddess Interrupted I've been really dying to know what happens in The Goddess Inheritance.

3) The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead -
 I know I'm going to love this book. The reason why I know I'm definitely going to love it is because Richelle Mead is one of my most favourite authors.  I'm also looking forward to her new series, the first book is called Gameboard of the Gods and is being released in 2013 also.  The new series is an adult series. 
4) Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi -

I really loved Shatter Me and and loving forward to reading what happens next to the characters in Unravel Me.

5) Sever by Lauren Destefano -
This series has such a unique story and I really can't picture how it will end.

6) Requiem by Lauren Oliver -
Loved both Delirium and Pandemonium. I really love Lauren Oliver's writing style and I can't wait for Requiem to read more of it.

7) Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare -
What can I say? This book is probably going to be one of the most gut wrenching and heart breaking reads of 2013.

8) The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
 I loved The Immortal Rules and I really want to see what happens in the second book.

9) Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers -
 I didn't expect to love the first book in this series as much as I did and now I can't wait to read the second one.

10) The Rising by Kelley Armstrong -
Can't wait to see if some old characters from the Darkest Powers trilogy come into this book.  Kelley Armstrong's also got a new series coming out in 2013, which I'm also excited for.  The first book is called Omens.  The new series is an adult series.

I've just realised that a lot of my favourite series is ending in 2013 :(

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Reading Wrap-up for October 2012

I read seven books in October.  Here is a list of them:
Lover Unbound by J.R Ward
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
The Goddess Legacy by Aimée Carter
Lover Enshrined by J.R Ward
UnStrung by Neal Shusterman
Unwholly by Neal Shusterman
The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide by J.R Ward

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Halloween Reads

I thought I'd write a blog post showing some good books to read for Halloween.  To be honest I don't read that many scary books and the few that I do read are not really scary scary but I do think these books will put you in the Halloween mood.
The Hollow trilogy by Jessica Verday. 
 I really like this series and I think it has a very eerie and spooky feel to it. 

 The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. 
I really loved this book and think it would be a perfect Halloween read.  It's a very heart pounding book.  If you've already read this book and are looking for something similar I'd suggest reading The Passage by Justin Cronin, which is next on the list.
The Passage by Justin Cronin. 
This is an adult book.  If you liked this you'd also like The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.  Both The Passage and the Immortal Rules are similar but are still unique and original.  Both feature virus outbreaks that change the world and both are frightening reads but definitely worth it.
Hollow Pike by James Dawson. 
This book isn't very scary but it does have a spooky eerie feel when reading it.
Also anything by LJ Smith mainly The Night World series.
So that's my Halloween read suggestions, from ghosts to vampires to witches and everything in between.    

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Age group: Young adult
Format: Hardback
It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth--an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.
But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret--one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.
Inspired by Jane Austen's persuasion, "For Darkness Shows the Stars" is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it. - Quoted from Goodreads

My thoughts:
I read For Darkness Shows the stars within just two days, because I was just so drawn into the story.  I completely loved it.  This book is a retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen, and having never read Persuasion I didn't feel as if I was missing anything or if I needed to read it to understand For Darkness Shows the Stars.  This book can definitely stand on it's own.
I love the characters in For Darkness Shows the Stars, they just seemed so real, so well formed.  I loved Elliot and Kai the most.  The book is told from Elliot's point of view, so you know how she feels, but you don't know how Kai feels and that was very frustrating at times, especially in the middle of the book where I just wanted to know what Kai was thinking and feeling.  I loved Elliot's character because of her strength to make the decision she made the four years before the book starts, when she decided to stay instead of go with Kai.  

I also loved the writing of this book, the author does such a great job at showing the reader just how much Elliot and Kai mean to each other but still having you on the edge of your seat, not knowing what's going to happen to them.
I liked the world building and I liked how you don't know every detail of how this world got to be where is was.  Sometimes it makes the story better when you don't know every single detail of how everything happened.  I liked the Sci-fi aspect and the different classes in the world, the Luddites, the Posts and the Reduced.  I also really liked it when a secret were unveiled about certain character, I'll not say who because it might spoil the book, but I was completely shocked and did not see it coming.

This book made me go through so many emotions, the characters made me go through so many emotions.  I mean I couldn't help but find my heart breaking a little bit more for Elliot and Kai after every chapter.  When they were younger they used to write letters to each other and in between each chapter it flashes back to show the reader some of them.  It was really nice to see their friendship progress throughout the letters but also very sad when it goes back to the present day and you see how hostile they are to each other after the years they've been apart.
Overall I loved For Darkness Shows the Stars, from the beautiful and profound love story that will stick in my mind for years to come to the amazing Sci- fi elements of this book.  After finishing this book I can't help but wish it was part of a series so I could continue reading about these characters and their adventures but I think it's a good thing that it's not part of a series because I loved the ending and wouldn't want that to be messed up.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Reading Wrap-up for September 2012

I only read five books in September.  Here is a list of them:
Lover Awakened by J.R Ward
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Iron's Prophecy by Julie Kagawa
Lover Revealed by J.R Ward
Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Top Ten Series that I Haven't Finished

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is:  Top Ten series I haven't finished yet either because I just haven't gotten around to it yet or because I decided not to continue with the series because I disliked the first one.

1.  Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter
 I loved Born at Midnight but for some reason I just haven't got around to reading the rest in this series.

2. XVI series by Julia Karr
 I loved XVI and was planning on reading the second one, Truth, as soon as it came out but still I haven't read it.

3. Fallen series by Lauren Kate
 I have read and liked the first two books in this series.  I didn't think they were the greatest but I still liked them.  I do plan on reading the third book in the future.

4. Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick
 I didn't like Hush Hush at all, I just didn't think it was original in any way.  So I won't be reading the rest of the series.

5. The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
 I have only read Beautiful Creatures and I liked it but I didn't super like it so I haven't really felt the need to pick up the second book.  Who knows, maybe with the movie being released I might be encouraged to read the second book.

6. Unbound series by Rachel Vincent
 This is an adult series.  I read the first book, Blood Bound, and really liked it.  I thought it was very different.  I planned to read to second one as soon as it came out but just...didn't.  I do plan to read it in the future.

7. The Curse Workers series by Holly Black
 I read White Cat a while back and thought it was okay.  There was a lot of stuff in the book that I didn't really like so I won't be continuing with the series.

8. The Dark Divine series by Bree Despain
 I really liked The Dark Divine and The Lost Saint and was planning to read The Savage Grace when it came out but then I found out it wasn't going to be published in the UK.  The only version, that I can see, that is available is the US hardback, which is more expensive.  So I just decided to wait until the paperback gets released.

9. The Iron Witch series by Karen Mahoney
 I read the first book in this series a while back and to be honest I can't remember what happened in it.  I do remember that I liked it but because I don't really want to re-read the first to remind myself what happens, I've just decided to not continue with the series.

10. Raised by Wolves series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
 I loved the first two books in this series and although the third book only came out a few months ago, it still has been sitting unread on my bookshelf.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Reading Wrap-up for August 2012

I read ten books/novellas in August.  Here is a list of them:
Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong
The Hunter and The Hunted
13 by Kelley Armstrong
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J Maas
The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J Maas
The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah J maas
The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Dark Lover by JR Ward
Lover Eternal by JR Ward

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Review: Die For Me by Amy Plum

Die For Me by by Amy Plum
Book 1 in the Revenants series
Publisher: Atom
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Paperback

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life—and memories—behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant—an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

In this incandescent debut, newcomer Amy Plum has created a powerful paranormal mythology with immortal revenants. The Paris setting comes enchantingly alive as a relentless struggle between good and evil takes place in its streets. Rich with romance, atmosphere, and thrills, Die for Me will leave readers breathlessly awaiting its sequel. - Quoted from Goodreads

My thoughts:

Die For Me left me with mixed feelings, half of me liked this book and half didn't.  It's kind of straight down the middle.  Maybe doing this review will help me decide.  I'll start with the things I liked.

I really liked the setting of the book.  The book is set in Paris, and having never been there myself, I felt the descriptions of places were very good at giving me a visual on what I would've thought it'd be like.  The setting added a nice tone to the book.

I also liked some of the characters.  I liked Jules and Ambroses' humour throughout the book.  They seem to be really fun to hang out with.  I liked the twins and even JB.  I thought the concept of the story was original and I liked how you get to find out about most of the characters backgrounds.

Now onto the things I didn't like.  One of the things I wasn't too keen on was how the plot was executed.  I said in the paragraph above that I felt the concept was original but the way it was delivered, I felt, was very cliched and not very original.  Another thing I didn't like was when Kate finds out what Vincent is she keeps thinking of him as a monster which really made me angry at her and confused. 

Another thing I didn't like was how quickly Kate and Vincent got together.  I know there's a lot of books out there where the characters fall instantly in love, and sometimes (very rare occasions) in books I like that but most times I don't, I like dragged out romances that leave the reader thinking Will they? Won't they? but in Die For Me it happened like super quick, it felt almost like it happened in the blink of an eye.

Overall I thought this book was okay.  Although I think the execution of the plot lacked in originality, I definitely think it has potential which is why I plan to read the second book.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Reading Wrap-Up for May 2012

I read eight books in May.  Here's a list of them:

Tempting the Best Man by J Lynn
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Partials by Dan Wells
A Killer First Date by Alyxandra Harvey
Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey
Living with the Dead by Kelley Armstrong

You can find my reviews on most of these books here on my blog.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Review: Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey

Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey
Book 4 in The Drake Chronicles series
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Age group: Young Adult
Format: Paperback

Blurb:The Drakes and friends will be tested when an infestation of deadly vampires threatens Violet Hill.
Lucy's cousin Christabel has come to live in Violet Hill, and adjusting to the difference between life in a small mountain town and her home in the city is difficult enough. The strict curfew that Lucy's parents enforce is the worst part. Something really dangerous couldn't possibly happen in this tiny town.
But Christabel has noticed some mysterious happenings, and it seems like Lucy, her boyfriend Nicholas and his brother Connor are all in on a secret that Christabel doesn't understand—one that seems deadly serious. Although she won't admit it, Christabel would love to be in on any secret with Connor Drake. But when she is kidnapped by the ruthless Hel-Blar vampires, Christabel must cause more and more trouble in Violet Hill, Lucy and Connor finally fill Christabel in on all the undead drama. Together, they must find a way to stamp out the Hel-Blar for good. - Quoted from Goodreads

My thoughts:
I read the first three books in this series a while back when I bought Ruling Passion, which is a bind-up of the first three books.  What struck me, back then, about The Drake Chronicles was that is was a very character driven series.  I mean, the plot is okay but the Drake family and the rest of the characters are what makes this series so special.  I just love the family dynamics of the Drakes.

Bleeding Hearts is the fourth book in The Drake Chronicles.  I really liked Bleeding Hearts.  In it we're introduced to a couple of new characters.  One of them being Christabel, who is the main focus of this book.  I liked Christabel's character and not just because she loves reading, :) but also because, like her cousin, Lucy, she's very quick witted and not afraid to stand up for herself or others.  Bleeding Hearts changes view points between Lucy, Christabel and Connor.  I liked how we got to set more of Connor, who has always been the geeky Drake brother. 
I really disliked Solange's character in this book which I was shocked at because in the previous books I really liked her.  Solange is struggling with her own changes and struggling to adjust in this book and I felt really mad at her for the way she treated Lucy in this book and it seems that I'll have to wait until the next book to find out what's up with her.

In this book we also find out more information on the Hel-Blar.  I really liked Saga and Aidan's characters and how they seemed to care about Christabel.  I would really like to see more of them in future books.

Overall I really like this book and can't wait for the next especially after a cliffhanger like that.  After turning over the last page of Bleeding Hearts I was left thinking, 'Really? It's going to end like that? But I need to know what happens now!' Thankfully I don't have to wait too long as the next one is out in June.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Review: Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong

Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong
Book 8 of The Otherworld Series
Publisher: Hachette Digital
Date first published: 25th March 2008
Age group: Adult
Format: Kindle edition

Tabloid reporter Hope Adams appears to live the life of an ordinary working girl. But in addition to possessing the beauty of a Bolly-wood princess, Hope has other unique traits. For she is a half demon- a human fathered by a demon. And she's inherited not only a gift for seeing the past but a hunter for chaos- along with a talent for finding it wherever she can. Naturally, when she's chosen by a very dangerous group for a very dangerous mission, she jumps at the chance...
The head of the powerful Cortez Cabal- a family that makes the mob look like amateurs- has a little problem in Miami: a gang of wealthy, bored offspring of supernaturals is getting out of hand, and Hope is needed to infiltrated. As spells, astral projections, and pheromones soar across South Beach, Hope weaves her way through its elite hot spots, posing as upscale eye candy and reading the auras of the clientele- and potential marks. - Quoted from Goodreads

My thoughts:
When I first read the blurb of this book I was disappointed to find out that this book was with a new narrator, and that I didn't know a lot of this character.  The main character is Hope Adams, she was first introduced in the last book I read, No Humans Involved, and because of her just being introduced I thought that I wouldn't like this book as much as the last few I've read.  I'm glad to say that I was wrong, in fact Hope quickly became my second favourite narrator after Elena.

Personal Demon is split into two view points, the main point of view is Hope's and then a few chapters were in Lucas' point of view.  I liked that we got to see more of Paige's and Lucas' life together.

I really liked the characters, I liked Hope's character especially because of her ability to find chaos and to feed from it.  I like, when in a story, the main character has their own demons to face.  I felt sorry for Hope because of that and it made me like her more.  I also liked Karl's character.  I was intrigued by his character from book 1 of The Otherworld series when he was first introduced.  I liked Hope and Karl's relationship and that at the start of this book they aren't even on the best of terms with each other.  I think they're a good balance for each other.  They each have their own personal demons to confront, hence the name of the book, and they help each other with that.

Another thing I liked was the plot.  The whole gang aspect was really good and near the end of the book there's a twist I completely didn't expect.  The ending left me feeling weary because, without going into spoilers, it seems like this story is not completely closed yet.  Don't get me wrong, the ending isn't cliffhangerish or entirely open ended, it does have all the closure a book should need but there is that little bit left that could bring the plot back.

Overall I really liked this book, it's definitely one of my favourites from this series so far.  I read the blurb of the next book and it seems as if the main characters from Personal Demon are in it which is great because I really wanted to see more of them.  Hope doesn't seem to be the main narrator of the next book but I'm still glad she's in it.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Book 1 in The Pledge series
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Date published: 26th March 2012
Age group: Young adult
Format: Paperback

Blurb:Words are the most dangerous weapon of all.
In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before... and her secret is almost exposed.
Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.- Quoted from Goodreads

My thoughts:

I debated a lot with myself about getting The Pledge because I read a lot of reviews saying it didn't live up to their expectations but I was intrigued by the blurb, so I decided to buy it and judge for myself.

I'm glad I bought The Pledge.  I liked it and the concept of the story, people being divided by the languages they speak, was really original and unique.  I agree with some of the reviews I read, that it felt as if there was something missing, a bit more action maybe, but it definitely wasn't as bad as what I'd thought it might be.

I liked Charlaina's character and her secret ability of knowing all languages and I loved how it was unveiled as to why she has this unique ability.  I also liked Charlaina's bond with her sister and how she protects her every step of the way throughout the book. 

I think, because of the switching view points of the book, I liked Xander and Max more because it gave more insight to their characters.  There is also points of view from The Queen.  It's weird to read a view point from a character who's totally evil with no redeemable qualities at all.  I didn't really like Brook's character.

Overall I liked this book, I didn't love it but I liked it and I will continue to read the series.    

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Book 1 of the Blood of Eden series
Publisher: Mira Ink
Date published: 4th May 2012
Age group: Young Adult
Format: Paperback

In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for. -Quoted from Goodreads

My thoughts:

I'll start by saying that I pre-ordered this book a while ago.  I pre-ordered it because, dare I say it, I love vampire books and after finishing The Iron Fey series, and loving it, I was so excited to see what Julie Kagawa would do with vampires.

The Immortal Rules surpassed my high expectations, it was just so amazing.  It's definitely up there with the rest of my absolute favourite books.

The world of The Immortal Rules is so utterly terrifying.  The most scary thing about this book, I think, is the Rabids.  Imagine living in a world where, when the sun goes down, Rabid vampires roam around ready to tear you apart.

I loved Allison's character, I liked how she decided in the beginning to become the thing she hates the most, a vampire.  By the way, this is not really a spoiler for it says it in the blurb of the book.  I respected Allison more because of that decision, it proved that she was only human, ironic I know, and that like most humans, she was afraid to die.  I know if I'd have been in her position I would've did the same thing.  I loved Allison's strength throughout the book.  Even after everything that's been thrown at her, she still finds the strength and courage to continue on her journey.

I really liked Kanin's character as well, I liked how, being Allison's mentor/creator, he helped her adjust to her new life.  I can't wait for the next book to see their bond explored more.  I also liked Zeke's character and his relationship with Allison.

What I absolutely loved the most about The Immortal Rules was the journey of Allison's character both physically and mentally.  It's also a literal journey as well when Allison has to travel.  I know I've said this before but I love journey books, the books where you feel the difference it's making to the characters emotions.  I know that probably doesn't make any sense but I just don't know how to explain it.

Overall I loved this book and as you can tell I don't have a bad thing to say about it.  If you like nitty gritty, terrifyingly heart pounding books you'll love The Immortal Rules.  If you are thinking about getting this book, you will not be disappointed.  

Reading Wrap-up for April 2012

I read nine books in April.  Here's a list of them:

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Devil to pay by Jeaniene Frost
Haunted by Kelley Armstrong
Starters by Lissa Price
Broken by Kelley Armstrong
Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr
No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

I just realized that I read a lot of Kelley Armstrong books in April :)
You can find my reviews of most of these books here on my blog.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Review: Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr

Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's books
Date Published: 1st March 2012
Age group: Young adult
Format: Paperback


Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments dark and light by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from beneath the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly.
From the gentle tones of a storyteller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favourite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with...or to fear.

My thoughts:

First off I would like to say that if you haven't read the Wicked Lovely series yet, some of these short stories have spoilers in them.

When I was reading this book I realised just how much I missed the Wicked Lovely series.
Faery Tales & Nightmares is a collection of short stories, some stories are about characters from the Wicked Lovely series and some stories are about new characters.  The stories in this book are basically what the book is called, some are faery tales with nice happy endings and some stories are kinda dark i.e Nightmares.  I liked a couple of the new stories which were Winter's Kiss, Love Struck and Transition.  I was also a little freaked out by a couple of new stories, The Art of Waiting and Flesh for Comfort.

What I absolutely loved most about this book was the stories about the characters from the Wicked Lovely series.  When I was in the middle of reading the Wicked Lovely series I'd heard about the Old Habits and Stopping Time stories and I really wanted to read them.  I tried looking for them but couldn't find them so I'm glad they were available in this book.  Old Habits and Stopping Time are about Niall, Irial and Leslie.  I really liked how you got to see their relationship explored more.  The thing I love about this three characters is that they all love each other, Niall loves Irial and Leslie, Irial loves Niall and Leslie, and Leslie loves Irial and Niall.  The events of Old Habits and Stopping Time take place after Ink Exchange and after Fragile Eternity.

All the other stories about the Wicked Lovely characters take place after the last book which I think is great because it shows what happened to them when every things all calmed down.  You get to see what happens to Niall and Seth's friendship, Keenan and Donia's relationship and you also see what happens to Rabbit.

For people who liked the Wicked Lovely series, I think this would be a great add to your collection.  

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Starters by Lissa Price
Book 1 of the Starters series
Publisher: Doubleday
Date published: 29th March 2012
Age group: Young adult
Format: Paperback

First, Callie lost her parents.
Then she lost her home.
And, finally, she lost her body.
But she will stop at nothing to get it back...

My thoughts:

I just realised I haven't did a review in, what seems like, ages.  I'll try to update or review on this blog more regularly.

I really liked Starters.  I liked how unique the storyline was.  I read a couple of reviews on Starters before I started to read it and some said there wasn't much background information on what happened during the Spore Wars and after reading it I seen that the reviews were right, there isn't much on what lead to The Spore Wars but even without that information the storyline was still great and I didn't feel I was missing anything.  Yeah, it would've been nice to read more on the background but it's not important to the immediate story, which is about Callie and her experiences.  What sold me onto this book was a lot of reviews also said there was a shocker near the end of Starters and I wanted to know what it was, and I can say without spoiling that I totally didn't expect it. 

I liked Callie's character and the fact that she'll to anything to protect her little brother.  I also felt sorry for Callie throughout this book.  I think she should be added to the list of heroines who never seem to catch a break.  I also liked Michael's  character but I would've liked to have seem more of him and to see more of Callie's relationship with him.

There was also some emotional moments in this book.  I was also freaked out when I read Starters.  I mean, imagine having your body rented out to someone else, not knowing where you've been or what you've been doing in your own body.

Overall I think Starters was a great read and I'm looking forward to the next book, which is called Enders.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Review: The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Book 2 in the Darkness Rising trilogy
Publisher: Atom
Date published: 5th April 2012
Age group: Young adult
Format: Paperback

This is the second book in a trilogy therefore the blurb and review will have spoilers for the first book.

Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the sign of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they’re kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.  - Quoted from Goodreads.

My thoughts:
When I read the first book in this series, The Gathering, I was still missing the characters of the Darkest Powers series and because of that I felt that I wasn't fully connected to Maya, Daniel, Rafe and all the other characters but now after reading The Calling I feel completely connected to these characters and their story. 

The Calling starts right where The Gathering left off.  Maya and her friends are on board the helicopter that's taking them away from the forest fire.  While in the helicopter something goes wrong and they end up crashing and going on the run from the people that are after them.

I loved The Calling.  From the very start its so fast paced and it never lets up.  If you were expecting to be eased into the story then you better think again.  The first chapters are so action packed that you can almost feel the adrenaline rush of the characters and their fear of being tracked down by the people who did experiments on them.  During this book a lot more information comes to light about some characters and their abilities.  
I liked the characters especially Daniel who I completely loved because of the way he's always there for Maya and comforting her and just generally being a really good friend to her.  I also liked Corey and his humour, I like how when everything seems to be going wrong, Corey makes some joke or funny comment and makes everyone laugh. 

During the book there is trust and loyalty issues, I liked near the end when Maya realises where her true loyalty lies.  The ending is also as action packed as the rest of the book,  and I can't wait to read the next book.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Book 1 of the Across the Universe trilogy
Publisher: Razorbill
Date first published: 11th January 2011
Age group: Young adult
Format: Paperback

Amy has left the life she loves
for a world 300 years away.
Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she's due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy's lost on board and nothing makes sense - she's never felt so alone.

Yet someone is waiting for her.
He wants to protect her -
and more if she'll let him
But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies?
A killer is out there - and Amy has nowhere to hide... - Quoted from Goodreads

My thoughts:
Across the Universe has been sitting on my bookshelf for months now, which is weird for me because I usually read every book I buy almost as soon as I get it.  I don't know why it's been on my bookshelf that long.  I bought it because I heard a lot of great things about it on the Internet.

Across the Universe is about a girl, Amy, who chooses to be frozen with her parents and put on a space ship that is travelling to a new planet, three hundred years away.  Amy then gets reawakened early, having been a victim of an attempted murder.
I was disappointed by Across the Universe, I mean it wasn't bad or anything but after hearing so many great things about it I felt that it should have been amazing but to me, it wasn't.  Only after about more than halfway through the book did I feel the storyline finally start to pull me in.  I think one of the reasons why I wasn't sucked in from the beginning was because I slightly had a hard time picturing the space ship, Godspeed, in my mind. 

This review sounds really negative but in actual fact I did like this book.  I liked how each chapter kept changing view points between the two main characters, Amy and Elder, it kept the story interesting.

There was a lot of twists in this book.  Some I seen coming and some I didn't, especially the shocker twist near the end, I definitely didn't see that coming.  I really liked the uniqueness of the story.  Overall I felt this book was just okay, it took me a long while to get in to it.   I plan to read the second book but will not be rushing to buy it.

The Hunger Games movie

I was just looking at this blog and thought to myself that I need to do a post that's not review related, so I'm doing the small post to talk about The Hunger Games movie.  I went to see The Hunger Games nearly two weeks ago and I absolutely loved it.  I know there are some people who didn't like it because of the changes from the book but I did.  I had been so excited to see this movie since it was announced and it didn't disappoint me.  Of course there is going to be changes because no movie would be long enough to fit all the details of any book into it, and even with the changes I still really liked it.  Naturally, there are some points and changes I didn't like, but despite this I thought the movie was a good adaption of the book.  

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Reading Wrap-up for March 2012

I thought I'd do this reading wrap-up to share the books I read this month.  I read seven books in March.  Here's a list of them:

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Hollow Pike by James Dawson
The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter
Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter
Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong
Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

You can find my reviews of most of these books here on my blog.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter

Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter
Book 2 in The Goddess Test series
Publisher: Mira Ink
Date published: 6th April 2012
Age group: Young adult
Format: Paperback

This is the second book in a series and therefore the blurb and review of this book will contain spoilers for the first book.

Kate Winters has won immortality.
But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

My thoughts:
I only recently picked up the first book of this series, The Goddess Test, and straight after I finished it I wanted the second one right away, and now after finishing Goddess Interrupted I really want the third book. 

Goddess Interrupted starts off with Kate coming back from her holiday with James in Greece.  When she arrives in the Underworld, Henry is very distant with her and she doesn't understand why.  Then just when she is about to be crowned Queen, Henry gets kidnapped by Cronus, who is a Titan which are the only things that can kill a god.  Kate then has to enlist Persephone's help which you can guess isn't an easy thing for her to consider.

I think Goddess Interrupted was even better than the first book, which is saying something because I really liked the first book.  It felt as if there was more at stake in Goddess Interrupted, more of a serious danger which is true because The Goddess Test was centred around Kate and her journey through the seven tests but in this book it's the world that's in danger from Cronus.  I loved the angst in this book between Kate and Henry, I know a lot of people don't like that in a story but I kinda do, to me it feels as if it adds a new layer of emotion to a book.  Throughout the book I felt as confused as Kate does about Henry.  Does he love her? Does he trust her?  I loved and hated Henry at times, he is a very confusing character but I think after finishing this book I understand his feelings a bit more.

I really felt sorry for Kate because the council and almost everyone else keep a lot of secrets from her.  It always seems as if shes the last to know about everything, and she gets treated like a child most of the time.  The ending was a bit of a shocker.  I hate Calliope's character, especially after what she does in the end. 
Overall I really liked this book and I think it was a brilliant follow-up to the first book.  I can't wait for The Goddess Inheritance and also The Goddess Legacy, which is a book of five of the Gods' and Goddess' stories, including Henry's, James' and Persephone's and it comes out in only a few months. 

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Review: Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong
Book 4 in The Otherworld series
Publisher: Hachette Digital
Date published: 2nd September 2004
Age group: Adult
Format: Kindle edition

Meet the smart, sexy — supernatural — women of the otherworld. This is not your mother’s coven...
Kelley Armstrong returns with the eagerly awaited follow-up to Dime Store Magic. Paige Winterbourne, a headstrong young woman haunted by a dark legacy, is now put to the ultimate test as she fights to save innocents from the most insidious evil of all.. . .
In the aftermath of her mother’s murder, Paige broke with the elite, ultraconservative American Coven of Witches. Now her goal is to start a new Coven for a new generation. But while Paige pitches her vision to uptight thirty-something witches in business suits, a more urgent matter commands her attention.
Someone is murdering the teenage offspring of the underworld’s most influential Cabals — a circle of families that makes the mob look like amateurs. And none is more powerful than the Cortez Cabal, a faction Paige is intimately acquainted with. Lucas Cortez, the rebel son and unwilling heir, is none other than her boyfriend. But love isn’t blind, and Paige has her eyes wide open as she is drawn into a hunt for an unnatural-born killer. Pitted against shamans, demons, and goons, it’s a battle chilling enough to make a wild young woman grow up in a hurry. If she gets the chance.

My thoughts:
I'll start off this review by saying I wasn't really looking forward to reading this book.  I know what you're thinking, why read a book if you aren't excited about reading it?  Well the answer to that question would be that I wanted to get to Elena's book, the next Elena book is book 6.  I thought about skipping ahead to Elena's book and I checked up to see if you could without messing up the overall story and a lot of people said you could and that they had but I knew that I'd feel as if I'd missed out on something so I decided just to continue reading Paige's story and I'm glad I did.

In Industrial Magic someone starts murdering the children of the Cabals, who are powerful mob-like families.  Lucas, Paige's boyfriend, is the son of the head of the Cortez Cabal.  Lucas' father asks Lucas for his help with finding the killer.  At first Lucas is reluctant to help his father because of his history with him.  The history being that Lucas disagrees with how the Cabals run things.  In this book you get to see more about Lucas, his father and the tension between the two of them and his family and how they treat each other.

I liked this book better than Dime Store Magic but I still felt something was missing.  Maybe it's just that I like Elena's character better and kept comparing Elena's books with Paige's instead of seeing them as two separate stories that are both good in different ways.
There was a lot of action and mystery in this book.  I liked how Paige's character seemed to grow which I think was one of the main reasons I liked this book better than Dime Store Magic.

A lot of characters from previous books in this series made an appearance in this book i.e Elena, Clay, Jeremy, Cassandra and even Aaron who first appeared in Stolen.  I really liked seeing all the characters get together to help each other.  I felt like I understood Cassandra, a character I didn't like in the first few books, more in this book.
Overall I liked this book and I will definitely be reading the next book.  The narrator of the next book is Eve, Savannah's mother, who also made an appearance in Industrial Magic.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Review: Hollow Pike by James Dawson

Hollow Pike by James Dawson
Publisher: Indigo
Date published: 2nd February 2012
Age group: Young adult
Format: Paperback

Something wicked this way comes... She thought she'd be safe in the country, but you can't escape your own nightmares, and Lis London dreams repeatedly that someone is trying to kill her. Lis thinks she's being paranoid - after all who would want to murder her? She doesn't believe in the local legends of witchcraft. She doesn't believe that anything bad will really happen to her. You never do, do you? Not until you're alone in the woods, after dark - and a twig snaps... Hollow Pike - where witchcraft never sleeps. - Quoted from Goodreads

My thoughts:
This was another book I was wondering whether or not I should buy it but then I checked the price and seen it was pretty cheap, so I decided to buy it.  I'm glad I did.  I liked this book.  I didn't love it, but I liked it.  I think the reason I didn't love it was simply because I expected it to be focused a lot on witchcraft, and although witchcraft is in it, it felt as if it was mainly a murder mystery.  That is not a bad thing but like I said before I thought the witchcraft part of the story would be more heavy.

The book is about a girl named Lis who moves to a new town because she was bullied.  She starts hearing rumours about the town she moved to, Hollow Pike, having a witchcraft history.  And then when something happens it leaves her questioning whether witchcraft really exists.
I liked the story and the characters especially Jack.  I like a story that has characters who can make you actually Laugh Out Loud, and this book was one of them.  I also like the way the book takes on a difficult topic, bullying.  And although it doesn't go into much detail about what happened to Lis at her last school, it does make Lis' fear of being bullied both believable and relatable. 

The story itself had me guessing right until the end, now having finished the book I'm surprised I didn't guess who it was.  I liked when the story cut away to different people's point of view, it only happened a few times but it made the book more mystifying.  Hollow Pike is a very spooky book.
The last few chapters of the book were very intense and action-packed.  I would recommend this book to people who like murder mystery books.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Book 1 of the Mara Dyer series
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date published: 27th September 2011
Age group: Young Adult
Format: Paperback

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong

My thoughts:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was a book I was really excited about.  I heard a lot of great reviews about this book and I was expecting it to be amazing, I was a little disappointed, but only a little. 
The Story is about Mara Dyer who wakes up in hospital to be told her friends died and she was the only survivor of the accident.  She can't remember what happened or how her friends died.  She starts to see ghosts of her dead friends and she thinks she is going crazy.

What I loved most about this story was the plot.  From the very first page the reader is sucked in to the story, it opens with a statement from Mara Dyer. The place and date of the statement has been redacted, making the reader wonder when in the story would this statement come into play and why Mara Dyer would be making a statement. 
I loved the mystery as to what happened on the night Mara can't remember.  I liked the flash backs, and how they unveiled a little of that night with each one.  What I didn't like about this book was how quickly Mara and Noah got together despite all the warnings about him.  But don't let that put you off this book because the unique storyline definitely makes up for that.

I really liked this book but it wasn't until a few chapters before the end, that I really loved it.  In those last few chapters it really ramped up the action and that cliff hanger, wow, now that's what a real cliff hanger is. 
The choice Mara makes near the end completely took me by surprise.  I was not expecting that.  I thought I had it all planned out as to what was going to happen and it was not what I was expecting, I am so excited to see where the author plans to take Mara's character.

The ending left me with a lot of questions and I will certainly be reading the next book, I can't wait to see what happens to Mara.  The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is full of intrigue and mystery. 

Monday, 5 March 2012

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature created by Kristi from The Story Siren, where bloggers show what books they bought that week.

I decided to join in with In My Mailbox because I love seeing what other people get in the post and I thought it'd be cool to show what I got with other people.  I don't get many books each week, so I might only do In My Mailbox every two weeks or so.

Here's what I got this week:

I bought:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Hollow Pike by James Dawson

I also bought the Kindle edition of:

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Monday, 27 February 2012

Review: The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams

The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams
Book 1 of the McKenzie Lewis series
Publisher: Ace
Date published: 25th October 2011
Age group: Adult
Format: Kindle edition

There can only be one allegiance.
It’s her time to choose.
Some humans can see the fae. McKenzie Lewis can track them, reading the shadows they leave behind. But some shadows lead to danger. Others lead to lies.
A Houston college student trying to finish her degree, McKenzie has been working for the fae king for years, tracking vicious rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn’t her only secret. For just as long, she’s been in love with Kyol, the king’s sword-master—and relationships between humans and fae are forbidden.
But any hope for a normal life is shattered when she’s captured by Aren, the fierce and uncompromising rebel leader. He teaches her the forbidden fae language and tells her dark truths about the Court, all to persuade her to turn against the king. Time is running out, and as the fight starts to claim human lives, McKenzie has no choice but to decide once and for all whom to trust and where she ultimately stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war. Quoted from Goodreads.

My thoughts:
This book completely surpassed my expectations.  I mean I expected it to be good, otherwise I wouldn't have read it, but it went far beyond just good. 

It starts off with an action scene, the main character McKenzie Lewis starts running from these people called the rebels. The scene makes you think of many questions. Who are the rebels? Why is the main character so scared of them? Why do they want to kidnap her?  Having so many questions can sometimes be a little overwhelming and slightly put a reader off a book but I didn't feel that with this book, I felt the opposite, in which having these questions dragged my into the story more.  The questions were answered throughout the book. 
I think the plot was very well thought out, the story is about McKenzie, who when kidnapped at the start of the book, is told by the rebels that her loyalty to the Fae court and beliefs have been wrong.  The story is about McKenzie questioning herself, Are the rebels right? Or are they lying to get her onside?  I liked the growth of McKenzie's character and how she comes to some realisations about herself near the end.  It felt like there was a lot happening in this book, there was heartbreak and betrayal.  
I loved the characters, especially Aren.  I would've liked to find out more about Aren and some of the other characters and to see how and why they came to join the rebels group but I suppose I'll find out in the coming books.  Some characters were a bit hard to figure out, like Kyol, McKenzie's protector and love interest, but I liked that it made things more mysterious and interesting.  

This book has been on my to-read list for a while, and I was actually doubting if I should read it but thank goodness I did for I would've hated to miss out on this world. If the second book is as good as the first I think it might become one of my favourite series.  I didn't hear a lot about this book before I read it and I think it deserves more acknowledgement, and I think in the future it will definitely get that acknowledgement. 
I think the book was a brilliant opening to what I hope is going to be an amazing series. I really want to read the second book right now.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Review: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Fever by Lauren DeStefano
Book 2 of The Chemical Garden trilogy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Date published: 16th February 2012
Age group: Young Adult
Format: Paperback

Because this is the second book in a trilogy, the blurb and review will have spoilers for the first book, Wither.  So if you've not read Wither look away now.

Blurb:Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.
Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.
The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the any means necessary.
In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever. Quoted from Goodreads.

My thoughts:
 When starting this book I was a little apprehensive, I don't know why since I loved Wither, maybe I thought it wouldn't be as good as Wither.  However I'm glad to say that just like with Wither I loved it.  Fever centres around one girl and her journey to get home.  The world that Lauren DeStefano has created is very dark and horrifying but vividly told, if that makes sense, you can't help but feel the characters pain and the characters hope.  I liked the way the carnival setting was described.  

Fever begins with Rhine and Gabriel on their journey having escaped the mansion.  In Fever we get to see Rhine and Gabriel's relationship expand more, something I think was slightly lacking in Wither, I think I now fully understand why they take comfort in each other. Along their journey we also meet new characters, all of them incredibly fleshed out and believable.  I don't want to say anything to spoil this book so I'll not go into specifics but one characters back story was very tragic and almost had me in tears. 
I thought this book wouldn't be as good as Wither because from reading the blurb it seems as if Linden, Cecily and other characters are hardly in it and although that's true I still loved the book and the reason why is Rhine.  Shes such a strong heroine, and in this book we see more of her courage shine through, even under terrifying circumstances.  We also see her strength and perseverance to search for her brother, Rowan. 
Housemaster Vaughn also plays a part in Fever, near the end we find out about even more of his cruel experiments.
Without going into spoilers the ending definitely leaves readers wanting more. 

This book allows readers to feel so many emotions along with the main character, you feel anger, panic and hope.

Fever is an amazing follow up to Wither.  I can't wait for the third book.