Sunday, 31 October 2010

Book Blogger Hop #5

It's time for the Book Blogger Hop again!! Yay. Very sorry, but I seem to have forgotten to post this on Friday... And yesterday. Oh well. It's hosted by Jennifer at Crazy for Books, and gives you a chance to have a look at all the amazing book blogs there are out there!

Book Blogger Hop

What is the one bookish thing you would love to have, no matter the cost?

My answer: Hmm... That's hard. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I would have said a Kindle, but seeing as I have one, that would be silly... I'd really like a really comfortable reading chair, or a huge beanbag that I could sit in, on my own, with no TVs or computers to distract me... 


Book of the Week #6: Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Every week, I will post a book of the week. I think you should read it. It might be new, it might be really old. It doesn't matter. It will just be a book, that I have read, and think you should read. =]

This week, the Book of the Week is...

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publication Date: February 2010
When I Read It: May 2010
Synopsis:
In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets...
There is a girl.
Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head... Green eyes, black hair.
Lena Duchannes.
There is a curse.
On the sixteenth moon, of the sixteenth year, the book will take what it's been promised.
And no one can stop it.
In the end there is a grave.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed, and, on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.
Ethan never even saw it coming
. - From the back of the book.
Recommended if: You're a fan of paranormal romance, but you want something different.
Ages: 13+
Why I Loved It: It's unique, readable, and the characters and setting are amazing.
My Review: http://cheezyfeetbooks.blogspot.com/2010/09/beautiful-creatures-kami-garcia.html
Why It's Book of the Week: Because Beautiful Darknessjust came out, and I thought we could celebrate the series.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Book Review: Misguided Angel - Melissa de la Cruz

Schuyler Van Alen is just getting used to her life as a vampire when her world is shattered. Now, forced to flee New York with the love of her life, Schuyler believes that she is choosing her own destiny. But when the love is promised to another,the fates are rarely kind; breaking vampire lore will put both their lives at risk.
Destiny will not let Schuyler go. Destiny has other ideas in mind.
As Schuyler is led to a terrifying crossroads she must make a decision that will determine not only her future but that of all vampires. - From the back of the book.

Misguided Angelis the 5th book in the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz (not counting Keys to the Repository). It carries on the stories of Schuyler and Jack, and Mimi and Oliver. Yes, you read that right, Mimi and Oliver.

First, I'd just like to say that the synopsis above that came from the back of my book, is not a very good summary of the book. Whether the American version is different or not, it doesn't sum up the book very well, in my opinion. The book is in four parts, the first part being about Schuyler and Jack, the second about Mimi, the third about Deming Chen (and Mimi), and the fourth summing up all the characters. So, the majority of the book is not about Schuyler, as the synopsis suggests, so if you're put off by that, then ignore it.

As I said above, Schuyler is not in the book all that much. Only for just under a third of it. I love Schuyler, and I love reading about her difficult romances with Jack and Oliver, and once I found in the end of The Van Alen Legacy that she could finally be with Jack, I was thrilled, only to find that there isn't that much about them. She is definitely my favourite character, and I was quite disappointed.

But, saying that, the rest of the book makes up for it. Mimi Force is Regent now, and she has meeting after meeting to attend to, on top of school work and social events. It's all going OK, up until she gets an email from an anonymous sender. Attached was a video of the young vampires of Manhattan, being vampires, along with a clip of one of them burning. Victoria Taylor was in the video, and now she's missing. She has to be the vampire who will burn, and Mimi has 5 days to find and save her. Can she do it?

I loved this plotline. It shows that Mimi can be a person, and is not the horrible, spoiled little brat that everyone thinks she is. She even befriends Oliver, a Red Blood, something which Mimi has never imagined would happen. Ever. She grows as person, and I even found myself liking her towards the end. She has to use the brains that she definitely has, to come up with ways to save Victoria Taylor. She's determined, and nothing will stand in her way.

Misguided Angel is rather short, and I would have liked a longer book, as I can never get enough of the Blue Bloods books. I have loved them ever since I laid eyes on Blue Bloods. I just think that the way the vampires are in this series is so unique and clever, and I can never stop reading. Misguided Angel sets up nicely for the next book, and I cannot wait. It's going to be amazing. While I don't think Misguided Angel is the best book in the series, it is certainly an awesome addition to the series, and Blue Bloods fans will love it.

I give it 5 Feet!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Book Review: Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

One night in the rain, Ethan Wate opened his eyes and fell in love with Lena Duchannes. His life would never be the same.
Lena is a Caster and her family is locked in a supernatural civil war. On her sixteenth birthday Lena made a terrifying choice, which now haunts her day and night.
And as her seventeenth birthday approaches Lena and Ethan face even greater danger. A Caster and a mortal can never truly be together. 
Every kiss is a curse.
Ethan's next heartbeat could be his last.
It is their curse now... - From the back of the book.

Beautiful Darkness is the second book in the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It's completely different to all other books, and I love it.

The world that Garcia and Stohl have created is one that I absolutely love to live in. It's unpredictable, incredible, and nothing like any other fantasy world I have ever read about. The characters, the setting, it's all just amazing. The detail, and the way it plays out like a movie in my head, I can't stop reading, because it is just so good. And in Beautiful Darkness, it's even better than Beautiful Creatures.

I love Gatlin. Ethan makes it out to be some boring little town in the middle of nowhere, but I'd love to visit it! Amma's pies sound amazing, I'd love to see Ravenwood, and have chips at the Da-ree Keen. It definitely doesn't feel like the boring place Ethan describes it as, and if I had the chance to visit this place, I would. Too bad it's ficitonal... *sigh*

The characters are all amazing, Ethan and Lena, Link and Ridley, Marian, and the new characters, Liv and John. They seem so real, and I could imagine meeting them. Lena is my favourite, as she's just so unique and interesting. She has issues in this book, and that annoyed me, but I can't help but feel sorry for her. I also love Ethan, I think it's nice to have a story told from the point of view of the male character, something which is rare in a novel like this.

Lena and Ethan are thrown into some very difficult situations, and they make event from Beautiful Creatures seem much less awful. I cannot wait until the next books are released, so we can see what they have to face next, and I can only imagine that they will continue to get better, as the series goes on.

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are awesome writers. They have great talent, and amazing imaginations. For two brains to come up with something so incredible and make it seem believable even though it is completely impossible, is just pure brilliance. Beautiful Darkness was one of the best sequels I have ever read, and I could definitely read it all over again right now. I can't wait to read the next books, or anything else written by these two amazing authors, and as you can probably tell, I'd recommend this book to anyone, and everyone. Whether young adult or adult, you'll get lost in this tale, and you'll never want to be found. I know I didn't.

I give it 5 Feet!

Waiting on Wednesday #1: Afterlife by Claudia Gray

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating!


This week, I can't wait for: 

AFTERLIFE
by Claudia Gray
Evernight Book 4: Afterlife by Claudia Gray

Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a ghostly wraith, but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling.
Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help... Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her transformation has given her.
A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They’ve overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life? - From claudiagray.com

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Teaser Tuesday #5: Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

It's time for a teaser again, and this time, it's from Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I'm really enjoying this book so far, any of you read it?

'I heard it again, the almost musical laughter. It was beautiful and familiar, and the sound of it made me feel safe, the world I was standing in a little less foreign.' - page 174









What's your teaser? Leave a link in the comments!

Sunday, 24 October 2010

In My Mailbox #2

I decided I was only going to do IMM every two weeks, because I don't get that many books, so it would be kind of pointless, so I'll do it every two or 3 weeks. Unless I get lots in one week...

Again, I bought all my books this week, or was given them for my birthday, which was last week. =] Anyway, I got:                          

                        

Firelight - Sophie Jordan (Kindle edition) (Review here)
Alpha - Rachel Vincent (Review here)
Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick (Review here)
Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I also got a Kindle!! That was for my birthday, and I bought Firelight to go on it.

What have you got this week?

Book of the Week #5

It's Sunday again, which means it's time for another Book of the Week. This week, it's...

FIRELIGHT - SOPHIE JORDAN


Title: Firelight
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publication Date: September 2010
When I Read It: October 2010
Synopsis:
A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide. - From amazon.co.uk
Recommended if: You have an read a lot of paranormal romance, you love shapeshifter stories, or you love dragons!
Ages: 13+
Why I Loved It: Because it's about dragons, and I've never read anything about dragons before. It was exciting, and fast paced, and I couldn't put it down.
My Review: http://cheezyfeetbooks.blogspot.com/2010/10/firelight-sophie-jordan.html
Why It's Book of the Week: Because it came out last month, and it's amazing!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

New Releases In November

Every month, I'm going to try and do a post telling you about all the new releases coming out in the next month, with a link to the book's Shelfari page. I was going to do it half way through the month, but I kind of forgot... Anyway, here it is, a week or so late.


The Other Side of Dark - Sarah Smith
Release Date: 2nd November 2010
Why: That cover...



Pegasus - Robin McKinley
Release Date: 2nd November 2010
Why: I am in love with that cover. It's beautiful.


Tyger Tyger - Kersten Hamilton
Release Date: 15 November 2010
Why: Because I've never read anything about Goblins before, and I'm always up for new things!


Blank Confession - Pete Hautman
Release Date: 16 November 2010
Why: Because, again, I've never read anything like it before, and I've decided to try reading some thing different.


When the Stars Go Blue - Caridad Ferrer
Release Date: 23 November 2010
Why: That cover is gorgeous.


Ghost Town - Rachel Caine
Release Date: 1 November 2010
Why: Because it's the 9th book in the Morganville Vampires series, and that series is amazing!

Friday, 22 October 2010

Book Review: Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick

Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and, even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.
Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.
Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations as she searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.
- From the inside jacket of book.

Crescendo is the sequel to Becca Fitzpatrick's international bestseller, Hush, Hush. Hush, Hush is one of my favourite books, and Crescendo doesn't fail to live up to that.

I'd been waiting for Crescendo ever since I read Hush, Hush last year, and as soon as I got it, I wanted to read it. Took me a few days to finish what I was reading at the time, then, I devoured it. I read it in 2 sittings, and I could quite happily go and sit on the sofa and read it all the way through again, right now.
In this book, Patch is no longer a fallen angel, but a guardian angel to Nora. But, as their relationship becomes a bit rocky, Nora finds Patch is drifting away, and spending more and more time with her enemy, Marcie Millar. So she's drawn to Scott Parnell, and old family friend with a secret, and Nora has a feeling that she's not going to like what she finds. She discovers things that she doesn't want to discover, and because of this, puts herself in more and more dangerous situations, thinking that she can find the answers. But she can't. The answers that she's looking for may be better staying as secrets, as the truth could destroy her life.

Hush, Hush was more about Nora and Patch's relationship, and their human/angel connection, whereas Crescendo is more than that. There are romantic, family and friendship problems, and Crescendo is a lot darker and more mature than Hush, Hush, which is fitting.

Crescendo brings up the topic of Nora's father's death, which seems perfectly normal. But, as you get further into the book, we see Nora getting more and more doubtful that this is the case. What happened to him, and why? Who did it, and could it have been prevented? These are the questions running through Nora's head, and you find yourself caught up in the mystery of Mr Grey's death. It is an awesome little subplot, and it's woven into the main plotline perfectly. Becca Fitzpatrick manages to reveal small clues slowly, which kept me guessing right to the end, and I had absolutely no idea who was the culprit, right up until the last few chapters or so.

As you may know, I love Patch. He is one of my favourite characters ever, and he's sooooo much better than any other angel, vampire, werewolf, faerie, etc. And, the sad thing is, he wasn't in Crescendo all that much, and quite a lot of the small amount of time he was in it, he was a jerk. And this affected Nora. In Hush, Hush, she was intelligent, focused and completely in love with Patch. But, in Crescendo, she's confused, quick to jump to conclusions and therefore make stupid decisions, and just a little bit annoying. There were some parts of the book in which she didn't see what was right in front of her, and didn't see the most obvious things coming, which is completely unlike the Nora I knew from Hush, Hush. Sometimes, you just wanted to jump into the book, and set her on the right path, and then carry on reading.

Overall, Crescendo was almost as good as Hush, Hush, and if there was a little more Patch, then it would have been just as good, if not better. It's fast paced and engaging, and there are some things that happen that just blow you away, though to find them out, you'll have to read the book. It's hard to put down, and as I said earlier, I could quite happily go and read it all the way through again in one sitting. And, to my delight, there's going to be another book next year, called TEMPEST! I don't think I can wait a year to find out what happens next in Patch and Nora's story, but it seems I'll have to. Anybody going to be waiting with me?

I give it 5 Feet!

Book Blogger Hop #4

It's that time again, for the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Jennifer at Crazy For Books! It gives bloggers a chance to hop around and find some awesome new blogs to follow! I frequently find new books that I need to read, and it's a great way to make new friends! Click the link above to sign up! =]

Book Blogger Hop
Where is your favourite place to read? Curled up on the sofa, in bed, in the garden?

My answer: My favourite place to read is in the corner of our corner sofa in the living room, when my brother is playing the Xbox, because then, I can block out the sounds of him blowing things up and just get lost in a book. I can't read there though if the TV's on, as I'll just end up watching the programme instead! I also like reading in bed, but sometimes I'll find myself drifting off, so I don't read there very often!

Blogs visited so far: (Will be added as I visit)
Leeswammes's Blog
Library Mosaic
Jess Hearts Books
Lost in Stories
Emilie's Book World
Amaterasu Reads
Do Not Disturb My Books
I Swim For Oceans

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Book Review: Firelight - Sophie Jordan

With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda's rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can't resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she's risking not only her life but the draki's most closely guarded secret. - From http://www.sophiejordan.net/ya/news.html

Jacinda is a rareness in her pride, a fire-breathing draki. She's fed up of being 'owned' by the pride, and so she rebels, and goes flying in daylight, something which is completely forbidden. When she's almost killed by hunters, Jacinda's crime has led the pride to punish her, in the unimaginable way. So her mother whisks her and her sister away, into the world of humans, where her draki will die, and the family's troubles will be over. But Jacinda hates the human world. She cannot let go of that part of her, can't let it wither and die, even when the draki in her fades, and it's harder and harder for her to manifest. The only hope that Jacinda has to keep her draki alive is Will, the hunter who refused to kill her. Jacinda knows that getting close to him could risk her and her family's life, yet he keeps her draki alive, and the pair can't help but be drawn to each other, risking Jacinda and her pride's biggest secret.

I'll start this review with the end of the book. I have one major issue, and that is the end. It feels very unfinished, and as I turned the last page, it really felt like a few pages were missing from the back. I'm guessing the author was trying to leave it nice and open for the next book, and it certainly does that, but it needed a bit more closure, and maybe an epilogue.

Apart from this though, the book was really good. The world of the draki was well thought out, and I just got lost in Jacinda's world. I loved the side story about the gems, how the draki can sense the gems under the ground, and how the gems talk and call out to the draki.

Jacinda was a good heroine, independent and determined. She refused to let her draki die, and I really felt for her, even though sometimes she was being a little selfish and slightly bratty. Her relationship with Will is sweet, though it did take a long time to actually get going. Jacinda took a little too long deciding whether or not she wanted to be with Will, and I did get a bit impatient, waiting for her to accept him. When they did though, their relationship was well-written, and at the end, they are so sweet.

I really loved this book. It was the first book I read on my new Kindle, so that was nice. I recommend this to anyone who loves paranormal romances, or just young adult books in general. I've never read anything about dragons (or were-dragons) before, and I was a little hesitant, because I don't really see how a human can shift into another form, but I suppose it's no different from werewolves... Anyway, it's really good, and if you haven't read it already, do!

I give it 5 Feet!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Teaser Tuesday #4: Firelight - Sophie Jordan

It's Teaser Tuesday again! This week's teaser is from Firelight by Sophie Jordan:

"At this time, nothing will save me. No mechanical device will work its wonder and jerk me back at the last minute."









What's your teaser? Leave a link in the comments!

Monday, 18 October 2010

Book of the Week #4

Every week, I will post a book of the week. I think you should read it. It might be new, it might be really old. It doesn't matter. It will just be a book, that I have read, and think you should read. =] (Sorry it's late this week, I had a busy day yesterday, and didn't get a chance to blog.)

This week's Book of the Week is:

BY MIDNIGHT

Title: By Midnight
Author: Mia James
Publication Date: July 2010
When I Read It: July 2010
Synopsis: 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, her new school, is a prestigious academy for gifted (financially or academically) students - and the only place 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 is 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 the conspiracy-theorist Caro Jackson - and perhaps finds something more than friendship in the gorgeous, mysterious Gabriel Swift. But there's more going on at Ravenwood than meets the eye. Practical jokes on new students are normal, but when Gabriel saves her from. . . something . . . . in the Highgate Cemetery, and then she discovers that a murder took place, just yards away from where she had been standing, April has to wonder if something more sinister is going on. . . . and whether or not she's going to live through it . . . - From amazon.co.uk
Recommended if: You love vampires, Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz, or Gossip Girl. You love mysteries.
Ages: 13+
Why I Loved It: Because it was a new twist on vampires, and it's engaging and kept me turning pages into the night.
My Review: http://cheezyfeetbooks.blogspot.com/2010/08/by-midnight-mia-james.html
Why It's Book of the Week: Because it's amazing! I can't think of any other reason :L

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Book Review: Alpha - Rachel Vincent

"The only thing I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt - I would live and die for my Pride."
Everything is about to change for werecat Faythe when her father is ousted from the council that controls their secret world. And a shocking tragedy jeopardises her future as Alpha of the Pride.
Now a rebel on the run, Faythe's biggest fight lies ahead. Old allies from the supernatural world are ready to stand by her side. And weretoms Marc and Jace would give their very souls in the duel for Faythe's heart...
Yet as their enemies draw near Faythe knows that she - and she alone - can lead the pride into what may be their final battle. - From the back of the book.

Alpha is the last book in the amazing series by Rachel Vincent (*FOR ADULTS*). It is an exception to my usual reading, as when I first started the series, I didn't realise it wasn't YA, and was very surprised. It is most definitely an adult book, and I wouldn't recommend it for anybody younger than 16. Anyway, back to the book.

I have loved the Shifters series since I read the first book, Stray, back in 2008. I was on holiday, and I was glued to the book for a whole day, sitting there in the sun turning pages, and ignoring what was going on around me, in the pool, at the table etc. It was just that good. But that was Stray, and this is Alpha.

Alpha picks up shortly after where Shift finished. There's going to be a vote for the new council chair, and Faythe, Marc and Jace, have accompanied her father to the vote. Calvin Malone is determined to come out winner, and he will do anything to make sure he is. Again. Things don't go well, and this leads to events so bad, loss so hard for Faythe, harder than any loss she's ever had to face before. Vincent doesn't shy away from details, and I found myself crying more than once while reading this book, something which doesn't happen very much.

There is a lot of tension between the three main characters. Faythe's heart is still being pulled in tow opposite directions, by two completely different toms. Will she choose Marc, who's been with her forever, or will she choose Jace, who can't help but be completely and utterly in love with her. Marc and Jace are angry at each other, always arguing, and completely ready to fight to the death for Faythe's love.

After finishing this book, I didn't know what to do. I can't bring myself to read anything else, because nothing could be as good, so all I want to do is start again, and go through all the emotional ups and downs that Faythe endures throughout the book. I don't think I have ever felt the characters emotions quite as much as I did with this series, and throughout the six books, I have laughed, cried, and thrown the book across the room, only to run over and pick it up again, so I could find out what happens next.

I am completely content with the ending. I will not tell you which or Faythe's love interests I prefer, though, I will tell you that the one I wanted, was the one she chose. I have always loved him, and I am so happy for Faythe, because he is just the best. Hehe.

Faythe has grown so much as a character. If you compared the Faythe from Stray, and the Faythe from Alpha, you wouldn't recognize them as the same person. By the end of Alpha, she's learnt to cope with her emotions, and has grown up into a strong, independent, and feisty woman. I admire her strength, and her courage, and she has to be one of my favourite heroines of all time.

So, all in all, the finale to the Shifters series was an amazing one, and it was definitely my favourite book of the six in the series. If you haven't read them yet, hurry down to your local bookstore or computer, depending on where you buy your books from, and buy them all. Stray, Rogue, Pride, Prey, Shift and Alpha. You will not be disappointed.

I give it 5 Feet!

Friday, 15 October 2010

Book Blogger Hop #3

Welcome to Cheezyfeet Books! Here for the Hop? The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy For Books so just head over there if you want to be included!! Get hopping everyone! =] 


Book Blogger Hop

"When you read a book that you just can't get into, do you stick it out and keep reading or move to your next title?"

My answer: It depends. If I have a book that I really really want to read, and the book I'm reading is boring me, then I will stop, if I still have a substantial amount of the book left. If the book still hasn't kept me interested after 100 pages, then I will definitely put it down. Sometimes, I feel bad about not finishing the book, so I say I'll read it again at a later date, but I never do. If it's in the middle of a series, I will finish it, and then read the next one, and if that one is still rubbish, I will give up with a series, though I'm much more reluctant to give up with a series than just one book. 

Blogs visited so far : 


Between The Pages

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Giveaway!

Yes, this is another giveaway post, but I haven't done one for a while. So, Nice Girls Read Books are giving away a book of your choice out of Crescendo (Second Hush, Hush) by Becca Fitzpatrick or Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst. And, it's international, so, if www.thebookdepository.com ships to you, you can enter here!

Teaser Tuesday #3: Alpha - Rachel Vincent

It's Teaser Tuesday, and this time, my teaser is from Alpha by Rachel Vincent. Enjoy!

 " 'You don't have to marry an Alpha Faythe, you're going to be an Alpha. I have no doubt in my mind that by the time I'm ready to retire, you'll be ready, no matter who you choose.' " - Page 62



What's you Teaser this week? Leave a link in the comments! =]

Monday, 11 October 2010

Book Review: Girls That Growl - Mari Mancusi

Rayne McDonald thought getting into the Blood Coven was the hard part. But now there's a new breed of trouble in town... and the former slayer and her vampire boyfriend may be the only ones who can stop it.
Now that she's an official member of the Blood Coven, Rayne assumes her vampire-slaying days are over. Sure, she doesn't have any vampire powers, thanks to a mutated blood virus, but she and Jareth can go out in the sun, which is a pretty good trade-off.
But just when Rayne's beginning to enjoy her afterlife, she' contacted by Slayer Inc. once again. It seems that a member of her high school's football team has disappeared - and the powers=that-be think the cheerleaders had something to do with it. Now Rayne has to infiltrate the quad before the cheerleaders have a chance to sink their teeth into someone else...


Girls That Growl is the third book in the Blood Coven series by Mari Mancusi. In this one, Rayne has to find out what has happened to the football team's best quarterback, and find out why the cheerleaders have been heard growling. It's funny, it's good, and you won't be able to stop reading!

In this book, Rayne is finally a vampire, though she has no vampire powers. She has no super strength, no vampire powers at all, apart from immortality and the ability to send out telepathic messages to other vampires. She can go out in the sun though, so it's not all bad. She's still got all her Goth glory, still snarky and sarcastic, and she's a cheerleader. Yes, you read that right. Rayne McDonald, the vampire vampire slayer, is a cheerleader.

The plot of this story has a few holes, though it's still engaging and entertaining. It still has a lot of parallels to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but this doesn't ruin the story. The story moves fast, and the plot holes get forgotten, so they don't really matter. They just get skipped over with no explanation.

The pace is very fast, and one minute they're in the USA, the next they're in England, much like when Sunny went to England in Boys that Bite. You never get bored, and I quite happily read the whole book in one sitting. The teen audience it's aimed at will love this book,though adults and more mature readers may find it a little lacking in substance.

I give it 4 Feet!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Decisions Decisions Decisions

I love birthdays. They're amazing. And I get loads of books... :L

Anyway, I'm getting a Kindle, and I don't know which books to buy for it. I need your help.

I was thinking I will get 5... But which 5? Any suggestions? And they have to be available for download from amazon.co.uk. Thanks for the help!

I was thinking:
My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent
Raised By Wolves - Jennifer Lynne Barnes
Firelight - Sophie Jordan
Paranormalcy - Kiersten White
The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting

But I also really want Freefall - Mindi Scott, and Bitter Frost - Kailin Gow. Ahh!! So much choice... What do you think?

Book of the Week #3

This week has gone so fast... Anyway, it's time for another Book of the Week! =]

Every week, I will post a book of the week. I think you should read it. It might be new, it might be really old. It doesn't matter. It will just be a book, that I have read, and think you should read. =]


This week, I have chosen: 


BEASTLY - ALEX FLINN

Title: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Publication Date: December 2008
When I Read It: July 2010
Synopsis: 

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly. - From amazon.co.uk

Recommended if: You have an obsession with YA Paranormal Romance, you love fairy tales, and you can't wait for the film! 
Ages: 13+
Why I Loved It: It was the first retelling of a fairy tale I'd ever read, and it was amazing. It was fun and quick, a really good read. 
Why It's Book of the Week:  Because Beastly the film is being released soon. (Well, not that soon...)

Friday, 8 October 2010

Going Away for the Weekend

As the title of his post says, I will be going away for the weekend, and wont be able to post any posts. I will be back on Sunday, so there should be time then to catch up with any posting I should have done, though I can't promise anything. I will definitely be posting again on Monday though, so, I'll see you then! =]

Book Blogger Hop #2

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy For Books so just head over there if you want to be included!! Get hopping everyone! =] 


Book Blogger Hop

What's your favorite beverage while reading or blogging, if any? Is it tea, coffee, water, a glass of wine, or something else?

My answer: I don't drink anything while reading, but while blogging, I'll drink anything that I fancy at the time. This could be Pepsi Max, milk, juice, squash, water etc. =] 

What about you?

Blogs visited so far: 

I'm only visiting a few this week, as I am going away for the weekend, and I need to pack! Will hop some more when I get back though! =] 



Thursday, 7 October 2010

Book Review: Torment - Lauren Kate

Love never dies...
It took Luce an eternity to find her beloved angel, Daniel. But he waited for her. Now they are forced apart again, to protect Luce from the Outcasts - immortals who want her dead. During their separation, Luce learns about her mysterious past lives. But the more she discovers, the more she suspects Daniel is hiding something.
What if Daniel's version of the past isn't true? 
Is it really their destiny to be together? 
Or is Luce actually meant to be with someone else? - From the back of the book.

Torment is the second book in the popular Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I didn't enjoy the first book, Fallen, at all, and I was hesitant to buy Torment. But, when Torment's release date drew near, I couldn't help but be really excited to read it. Why this is, I do not know. Maybe it was because I was anticipating it to be better than it's predecessor, and it definitely was.

Torment starts almost immediately after Fallen finished. Luce and Daniel are being forced apart again, after having found each other after an eternity of separation. Luce doesn't know why, and is mad at Daniel for having kept secrets from her, so she doesn't know that it's for her own good. The Outcasts are after her, and won't leave her alone until they have her.

Now, I shall tell you why Torment was so much better than Fallen. For starters, something interesting actually happened before the last 50 pages of the book. There was lots of action, and the characters were a lot more complex, and were easier to imagine, in the second book. Luce grew on me as a character, and I found myself actually caring about what decisions she made about what and who. Daniel also grew on me, as before, I thought he was one dimensional and shallow, whereas now, I actually quite like him. He has nothing on Patch though, or Damon Salvatore. Anyway, back to Torment.

Unlike Fallen, Torment was unpredictable. I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen, but when I read on, I found that actually, I had had no idea, which I like. If I know what's going to happen, it makes the book boring and I end up putting it down and doing something else, which is why I find it very difficult to reread books, unless I have forgotten what happened. The twists and turns in the plot were interesting and engaging, and I ended up reading for hours, something which I can only do with really good books. The characters were well thought out and written well, a definite improvement from Fallen, which is one of the reasons I disliked Fallen so much. The general writing of the book was so much better, and it flowed easily, and was very readable.

Overall, Torment was really good. If, like me, you didn't like Fallen, you should still at least try to read the sequel. You might be pleasantly surprised, and actually enjoy it. You do need to have read the first book though, as I constantly found myself wondering about what had happened in Fallen, as I can't exactly remember, and there isn't much of a hint in Torment. Although, saying this, I got through it OK without knowing the whole plot of Fallen backwards. Anyway, I think Torment is definitely an improvement on Fallen, and I will definitely be buying Passion, the next book in the series, coming Summer 2011.

I give it 4 Feet!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Book Review: The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is set in the place once known as North America, in a place called Panem. Panem is made of a Capitol and 12 districts, called District 1, District 2 etc. Katniss Everdeen is from District 12, the poorest and most run-down of all the districts. The story starts, and it feels a lot more like the past than the future. Life is hard, and every year, there is a deadly event, called The Hunger Games. 24 children are chosen to go to the Capitol and fight to the death in the arena.
The story starts on Reaping Day, when a boy and girl from each district is chosen to take part in The Hunger Games. It's really obvious that Katniss will end up being the chosen girl, so off she goes to the Capitol.

The Capitol is more like the future we would expect. They speak and dress differently there, they can have any colour skin they want, and they act however they see fit. The society there is much like today, yet a lot more advanced.

The Hunger Games are brutal. The twenty-four children fight to the death, and it's all televised. Watching as child after child dies, waiting until only one remains? The Capitol love it, and use it as a way to portray the power they have over the districts. The districts hate it, but of course, they have no way to stop it. Until Katniss Everdeen comes along.

Suzanne Collins is an amazing writer. She doesn't shy away from gore and gruesomeness, she just writes it. No detail from the killings of these children are spared, and you end up building up a very detailed picture of all of the dying children in the book. It's not always the most pleasant thing to read, but you just can't stop, you just have to know how it ends!

The story is told in first person through Katniss's eyes. She's strong, independent, and totally unafraid to speak her own mind. She's determined to stop this torture, and she will do everything in her power to do this. She's an awesome role model for young girls, unlike some of the female protagonists in other books. Everything gets described well through Katniss's eyes, and it was nice to see how she felt about everything. You could tell what was going through her head as her friends were killed, her grief, as well as her relief that she felt after a fellow tribute, who no doubt would have killed her, was killed.

The characters in this book were well thought out and seemed real, despite the fact that a few of them had brightly coloured skin... I think my favourite character was Cinna, Katniss's stylist, because he's just so kind and loving to Katniss, you just can't help but love him. Also, of course, there are the two boys. Although they were Katniss's love interests, this didn't drive the story, and it was nice to have a main story line that could have survived without the little romance that is in the book. Personally, I'm on Team Gale. What about you?

I could go on about this book forever. There is not one thing I can think of that I didn't like. I love the characters, the world it's set in, (even if it is a bit gruesome, and I wouldn't like to live in it myself), I love the way Suzanne Collins wrote it. It's well written, fast-paced, and never gets boring. There isn't another book out there that is quite like this one, and I was hesitant to read it at first, but, I am so glad I did. I couldn't recommend this book to any enough, adults and teenagers alike, and I really think this will be around for a long time to come.

I give it 5 Feet!

Teaser Tuesday #2: Torment - Lauren Kate

It's Teaser Tuesday, and this time, I'm actually doing it on a Tuesday. Hooray! Anyway, this week's Teaser is from Torment by Lauren Kate. Enjoy!


"It shot through her mind that Steven might think she was reaching out to Daniel, trying to send him a message or something. As if she'd even know how to do that. " - From page 200.













What's your Teaser from this week? Leave a comment and a link!

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Book of the Week #2

Every week, I will post a book of the week. I think you should read it. It might be new, it might be really old. It doesn't matter. It will just be a book, that I have read, and think you should read. =]


This week, the Book of the Week is...


HUSH, HUSH - BECCA FITZPATRICK

Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: October 2009
When I Read It: November 2009
Synopsis: For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys in her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgement. 
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and knows more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of a centuries-old battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and sooner or later, she's going to have to pick a side... - From the back of the book.
Recommended if: You have an obsession with YA Paranormal Romance, you loved Fallen, you love angels, you love reading!
Ages: 13+
Why I Loved It: It's engaging and entertaining, and I couldn't put it down! The characters were well written, and it has an amazing bad boy, Patch! =] 
Why It's Book of the Week:  Because Crescendo is being released next week. 

In My Mailbox #1

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme created by Kristi at The Story Siren, and it encourages people to share what they've bought, won, borrowed, etc that week. Here's what I've got:

                                

I buy all my books at the moment, so they were all bought from Amazon.co.uk

Torment - Lauren Kate
Captivate - Carrie Jones
Girls That Growl - Mari Mancusi
Glass - Ellen Hopkins

What books have you got your hands on this week?

Book Blogger Hop #1

Hey there, this is my first Book Blogger Hop, am I doing it right? :L The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy For Books so just head over there if you want to be included!! Get hopping everyone! =] 


Book Blogger Hop

"How do you spread the word about your blog?
(e.g. Social Networking sites, Book Blog Directories, comments on other blogs...)"

My answer: Well, I only just started my blog, so, it's not actually very popular at the moment... Anyway, I try to comment on reviews and posts I like on other blogs, and visit loads of them to see if I can make new friends. I also have a facebook page, which I have linked to my blog. I use Shelfari, Goodreads and have also submitted some reviews to YABooksCentral. I also have started to take part in a few weekly memes, such as Teaser Tuesdays and Book Blogger Hop. I'm still trying to spread the word about my blog, as it's not very big! =] 

Have a look around my blog, hope you enjoy your stay! 


Blogs visited so far: 
Midnight Book Girl
Cafe of Answers
Literary Day Dreams
The Book Fairy's Haven
Down the Rabbit Hole




Saturday, 2 October 2010

Book Review: Revelations - Melissa de la Cruz

For the young, fabulous and fanged...
All is never what it seems. Schuyler Van Alen is a Blue Blood, one of the city's glamorous vampire elite. Or so she thinks. Her blood legacy has just been called into question: is she a Blue Blood or is it the more sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins?
The stakes are high, the battle is bloody; and through it all Schuyler must choose between duty and passion, love and freedom. - From the back of the book.

You have to read the first two books before you read this one, if you have any hope of wrapping your head around the mythology. You MUST.

Schuyler is living with the Forces now, after the tragic death of her grandmother. Schuyler's not happy, having to wake up to Mimi every morning. Also, she now lives with Jack Force, the boy she loves more than life itself. But Jack's promised to Mimi, and it's all very complicated. Basically, Schuyler will never be able to be with Jack.

Throughout the novel, several questions were running through my head. Will Schuyler and Jack find a way to be together? Will being together ruin their relationship? For good? What will Mimi do, if that happened? Those are just a few. After finishing the book, some of those questions have been answered, but some, I was still asking. At the end of the book, I couldn't help but feel that I was starting the book again, as the epilogue makes you feel like your back at the beginning, the same feelings and thoughts that we had at the end of book 2, Masquerade.

Schuyler is no way near as likeable as she was in the first two books. She makes some silly decisions, which I really hope aren't because she's had a major personality change, but because she's confused, and doesn't know which way is right.

At the end of the book, I was frustrated and a little annoyed. It left confused, and eagerly awaiting the next book, The Van Alen Legacy, so I could finally get the answers to some questions I'd been asking for way too long. Although, the book itself, was really good. The action and drama was written perfectly, and I honestly couldn't put it down. So much happens in so little time, that you could never get bored, and you don't have to wait too long until you find out what happened to her, or what happened because of what he did. It left me on a huge cliff-hanger, and The Van Alen Legacy couldn't have come faster.

I give it 5 Feet!

Book Review: Masquerade - Melissa de la Cruz

Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires. With her best friend, Oliver, Schuyler travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man who can help - her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly under way for the Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city's wealthy, powerful, and unhuman - a true Blue Blood affair.
But it's at the after-party, a masquerade ball thrown by the cunning Mimi Force, that the real danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will forever change the course of a young vampire's destiny. -  From the back of the book.

Masquerade is the second book in the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz. The Blue Bloods series is based on complex and unique vampire mythology. The theory is that the Blue Bloods are vampires that were once angels that have fallen to Earth. The Blue Bloods are reincarnated, and there vampire abilities begin to show in the teenage years of a vampire's cycle. It's very complex, and to understand, you'd have to read the book. Although, saying this, if you read all the books in one go, then it will all make perfect sense to you.

The first book, Blue Bloods, introduces the characters and the mythology. Because it does this, you have to read the first book first, otherwise you'll be lost. I was, when I had read the first one, and then had a break of Blue Bloods before reading the second one.  Masquerade takes the characters further, and fleshes them out. It builds on what happened in Blue Bloods, and some seemingly unimportant characters in the first book become more significant. For example, Mimi, Schuyler's arch-enemy, while being mean and selfish, is in fact an angel who is supposed to be seeking redemption. She's more important in Masquerade, and you can see the desperation and insecurity that she has.

Masquerade is full of exotic locations, lavish parties, and fabulously expensive designer clothes. This makes brilliant 'get lost in another world for a few hours' reading. There is so much drama in this book, even before you add the vampires. The young vampires are all starting to regain some memories of past lives, and past romances, and this, as well as being a teenager in Manhattan in the 21st century, adds up to a lot of drama.

The second book is a bit more serious than the first. It gets down to business with the Silver Bloods, and there aren't as many parties and clothes etc. There is the main plot, and then there are many sub plots woven through, as well as an older mystery, just like Blue Bloods.

This book will please all readers, whether they are teenagers or adults, though, having said this, a teenage audience would probably enjoy it more. It's the perfect holiday or rainy day book, and it will have you reading for hours. There is so much happening, you'll never get bored, and you won't be able to put it down!

I give it 5 Feet!

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