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