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Book Review: The Van Alen Legacy - Melissa de la Cruz

They're young, fabulous, and fanged...
And they're under threat. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods, the city's vampire elite, now find themselves in an epic battle for their very existence.
But the Silver Bloods are not the only worry, as the Blue Bloods are struggling to cope with dangers to the heart as well. Schuyler and Jack must decide if true love is worth facing destiny's wrath - and Mimi's. - From the back of the book.

*If you have not yet read Revelations, do not read any further if you do not wish to be spoiled.*

The Van Alen Legacy is the fourth instalment in the popular series, Blue Bloods, by Melissa de la Cruz. I recommend that you read these in order, because of a complex plot, that runs throughout the whole series. Because of this, if you haven't read the first three books in the series: Blue Bloods, Masquerade and Revelations, then this book will be hard to understand, and wont make any sense.

The Blue Bl…

Book Review: Claire de Lune - Christine Johnson

Hanover Falls hasn't had a werewolf problem in over one hundred years, but when people start dying in Claire Benoit's town, panic spreads fast. The gruesome killings are all anyone can talk about at Claire's sixteenth birthday party, though the only thing on Claire's mind is gorgeous Matthew Engle chatting and flirting with her as if she's the only girl there. But that night, Claire discovers something that takes away all sense of normality: she's a werewolf.
Claire knows she must keep her changing identity a secret, especially from Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. But then a rogue werewolf threatens to put everyone she knows in danger. Struggling to feel comfortable in either skin, and her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, Claire is forced to make a choice that will change her forever. - From the back of the book.

Claire de Lune is just like I expected it to be. I was expecting a story about a girl who is a werewolf, trying to co…

Book Review: A Kiss In Time - Alex Flinn

Talia fell under a spell...
Jack broke the curse.
I was told to beware the accursed spindle, but it was so enchanting, so hypnotic...

I was looking for a little adventure the day I ditched my tour group. But finding a comatose town, with a hot-looking chick asleep in it, was so not what I had in mind.
I awakened in the same place but in another time - to a stranger's soft kiss.
I couldn't help kissing her. Sometimes you just have to kiss someone. I didn't know this would happen.
Now I am in dire trouble because my father, the king, says I have brought ruin upon our country. I have no choice but to run away with this commoner!
Now I'm stuck with a bratty princess and a trunk full of her jewels... The good news: My parents will freak!
Think you have dating issues? Try locking lips with a snoozing stunner who turns out to be 316 years old. Can a kiss transcend all - even time? - From the back of the book.


A Kiss In Time is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. There is something a…

Book Review: Glimmerglass - Jenna Black

Dana Hathaway doesn't know it yet, but she's in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she's had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl - she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she'll never have a chance with... until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn't sure where she'll ever fit i…

Book Review: Boys That Bite - Mari Mancusi

Two sisters - as different as the sun and the rain. For one, getting into the Blood Coven is to die for. But for the other, getting out could be lethal...
When Sunny McDonald gets dragged to Club Fang by her twin sister, Rayne, she doesn't expect to find anything besides a bunch of Goth kids playing at being vampires. But when some guy mistakes Sunny for her dark-side-loving sister and bites her on the neck, she finds out that his fangs are real - and deadly.
Now Sunny has less than a week to figure out how to reverse the bite, or else she's going to end up as one of the perpetually undead. And not only will she be a vampire, she'll also be bonded to Magnus - the bloodsucker who bit her - forever. And forever is a really long time... - From the back of the book.

The first book in the Blood Coven series by Mari Mancusi is a fun one. It made me laugh out loud, especially at 'Bertha the Vampire Slayer', and at the 'Vamps Are People Too' campaign, which failed…

Book Review: A Certain Slant of Light - Laura Whitcomb

Someone was looking at me. A disturbing sensation if you're dead.
In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: For the first time in 130 years. Human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen - terrified, but intrigued - is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets if their former lives and of the young people they come to possess. From the back of the book.

This book has everything it needs. There are ghosts, romance, mystery. You couldn't help but get chills while reading, and it was hard to put down. The world that Helen and James belonged to was so different to my own, yet I found it easy to slip into their world for a few hours and lose myself in their story. Helen, as a character, was wonderful. It wa…

Book Review: By Midnight - Mia James

April Dunne is not impressed.
She's had to move from Edinburgh to Highgate, London with her parents. She's left her friends - and her entire life - behind. She has to start at a new school and, worst of all, now she's stuck in a creepy old dump of a house which doesn't even have proper mobile phone reception.
Ravenwood is a prestigious academy for gifted (financially or academically) sudents - and the only school where her parents could find her a place in the middle of term, in the middle of London, on incredibly short notice. So she's stuck with the super-rich, and the super-smart... and trying to fit in, when the rest of the students seem to be more glamorous, smarter, or more talented than she is, is more than tough. It's intimidating and isolating, even when she finds a friend in conspiracy-theorist Caro Jackson - and perhaps find something more than friendship in the gorgeous, mysterious Gabriel Swift.
But there's more going on at Ravenwood than meets…

Birthday Giveaway [Girls Without A Bookshelf]

Over at Girls Without A Bookshelf, they are giving away 7 books to celebrate a birthday! They are giving away:

Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick (sequel to Hush, Hush)
Torment - Lauren Kate (sequel to Fallen)
Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (sequel to Beautiful Creatures)
Return to Paradise - Simone Elkeles (sequel to Leaving Paradise)
The Haunted - Jessica Verday (sequel to Tha Hollow)
Ascendant - Diana Peterfreund (sequel to Rampant)
Sapphique - Catherine Fisher (sequel to Incarceron)

And they're all sequels!! Click HERE to enter! Good luck =]

Book Review: Linger - Maggie Stiefvater

I feel the weight of the pack's gaze...
Grace and Sam must fight to be together. FOr Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping dangerous secrets. For Sam, it means grappling with his werewolf past... and figuring out a way to survive the future.
But just when they manage to find happiness, Grace realizes she's changing in ways she could never have expected... - From the back of the book.

Sam is amazing. I love him. He grows a lot in this book, and you can really see the changes in him from the first books. He has been pushed through a lot, and he has been forced to push his own worries aside and concentrate on others, something that I admire him for. He is still a broken man, yet his love for Grace is slowly but surely putting him back together. It's no longer a matter of if he will be whole again, it's when.

Linger is a lot more laid back than Shiver. This is because a lot of Shiver was based on if and when Sam was going to change. Linger isn't as fast-p…

Video Chat with Cassandra Clare!

Love the Mortal Instruments series? Then you're not going to want to miss this! Cassandra Clare is doing a live video chat on Wednesday 4th August at 5pm EST
To watch, just make sure you're at http://www.ustream.tv/SimonandSchuster . And if that's not enough, you can even WIN a limited edition Clockwork Angel pendant!

ARC Giveaway: Radiance [Books With Bite]

Over at Books With Bite, an ARC of Radiance - Alyson Noel is being given away! To enter, or to find out more information, click here. And, it's international! Good luck! =]