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