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.