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