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

Blurb:

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

Blurb:
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.


Blurb:
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

Blurb:
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.