Sunday, 26 December 2010

Book of the Week #13: Crank by Ellen Hopkins

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, if they celebrate it, and a great holiday if not! Here's this week's BotW.


CRANK
by Ellen Hopkins



Title: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publication Date: Feb 2008
When I Read It: Jan 2009
Synopsis: Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: a gifted student, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is a total opposite to Kristina - she's fearless. Through a boy she meets, Bree is introduced to the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul and, ultimately, her life. - from amazon.co.uk
Ages: 16+
Why I Loved It: The way it's written, in poem form, makes it unique, and the story is really thought provoking.

Book Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

The Iron DaughterHalf Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.
Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart. - From Goodreads.com

The Iron Daughter is the second book in The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. It's one of my favourite series, and it's awesome.

Meghan is a faery princess who is half human. She's being held by Queen Mab, the queen of the Unseelie court, and happens to be in love with her son, Ash. But, the problem is, she's a Summer princess, daughter of King Oberon of the Seelie court. Summer and Winter share a lot of things, but love isn't one of them. Now, Meghan must get over her feelings for the icy prince Ash, and do what she has to do to get back the Scepter of the Seasons, which has been stolen from Queen Mab by the Iron fey. She may be the only one who can get it back. But can she retrieve it and return it before war breaks out between the two courts?
There are so many things about this series that I love. I love the characters, and I love the writing style. It's descriptive and interesting, and it's super detailed, so the whole book plays out like movie in your head. I could clearly imagine how it would look in my head, something that I don't always find easy to do. 

The characters really drive the story for me though. They are so strong, and believable, and they are very well written. The main character, Meghan, is not perfect, which I love. I have a problem with characters in books who are perfect, and always make the right decisions instantly, without feeling or thought. Meghan makes mistakes, and she knows it, but she always manages to put things right, and she's just an awesome character. 

Speaking of awesome characters, then we'll come on to Ash and Puck. I'm Team Puck, always have been, always will. I love him, more than Ash, because he's fun and charming, rather than brooding and mysterious like Ash. They both love Meghan and would do anything for her, but I am always wanting her to realise that she loves Puck more.... After all, he has been there for her her whole life. Anyway, enough about characters. 

The main plot was well thought out, and very engaging. I felt that I was following Meghan and her friends through the Tir Na Nog, and through the Briars and the wyldwood, and even while they were in the mortal world, I felt like I was there. The writing is easy to read and once you start reading, you can't stop. It's amazing. 

I really love this series, and I really recommend it to everyone. I have no complaints about it, none at all. All I can say is, if you haven't read the series, go out and buy a copy of The Iron King as soon as you can, as you will not be disappointed!

I give it 5 Feet!

In My Mailbox #5

So, it was Christmas yesterday, and I got a few books... :L So, most of the books I received this week were from presents. =]

                        

Zombies vs. Unicorns anthology by Holly Black (Book)
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan (Kindle Edition)
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (Kindle Edition)
Wish by Alexandra Bullen (Kindle Edition) (Downloaded free from amazon UK/US)
Bitter Frost by Kailin Gow (Kindle Edition)

When reviews are posted, I'll add the link. =] What did you get this week?

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Teaser Tuesday #10: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

I haven't done a Teaser Tuesday for a long time. Not since November. *gasp* So, I think it's about time I did another one.

The Iron Daughter
by Julie Kagawa

  'Ash rose, his face carefully blank, as two more figures strode into the chamber, scattering like fey birds. Like Ash, they wore long, thin blades at their hips, and carried themselves with the easy grace of royalty.'








What do you think? Leave a link to your teasers in the comments. =] 

Book Review: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules.
She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come.
Now the law has finally caught up with Rose- for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.
But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?
- from goodreads.com

Last Sacrifice is the sixth book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. It's the last book in the series, and it is definitely the perfect ending.

I'm not going to say too much, because there isn't much I can say without spoiling the book. When Rose was accused of killing Queen Tatiana, she was put in a cell, awaiting trial, and a possible death sentence. After breaking free though, she needs to find what she can to prove that she wasn't the murderer. And to top it all off, she also has to find a long lost secret daughter of Eric Dragomir, who can give Lissa the validity of the vote for queen.

I love Rose. If you stood Rose from book 1 and Rose from book 6 side by side, you wouldn't know they were the same person. Rose has changed so much through the course of the series, and I love her. She's strong, independent, and she'll whatever it takes to save the people she loves. Even if it means she' risking her own life. She's a great friend to Lissa, and her relationship with Dimitri is so sweet.

I love all the characters actually. They're all so believable and you can't help but care for them and feel their emotions. More than once throughout the book, I felt happiness, sadness, fear, relief, annoyance, and all other kinds of emotions for the characters, and the writing of Richelle Mead really makes the reader feel like they are there, with Rose and Dimitri, or with Lissa at Court.

Overall, the book was the perfect end to an awesome series. It's full of twists and turns, and there's a big twist at the end that came as a massive surprise. I'm quite sad to see the series end, and I'm sure I'll re read it sometime. I can't wait to read anything else Richelle Mead will write about the world of Moroi and dhampirs, because I know, it's going to be great.

I give it 5 Feet!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Book of the Week #12: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

It's time for Book of the Week again. Sorry I didn't do one last week, I just seemed to have forgotten... Ah well. Never mind. I chose a really great book this week, so hopefully that makes up for it. =]

CITY OF BONES
by Cassandra Clare



Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: July 2007
When I Read It: March 2010
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry. The murderous group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors dedicated to driving demons out of this dimension and back into their own. Drawn inexorably into a terrifying world, Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family - and the battle for the fate of the world. - from amazon.co.uk
Recommended if: You love a good paranormal romance, you love action packed books, or you've read Clockwork Angel, also by Cassandra Clare, and loved it.
Ages: 13+
Why I Loved It: Because it's full of action and is an awesome pageturner, and I absolutely adore Jace!
My Review: http://cheezyfeetbooks.blogspot.com/2010/07/city-of-bones-cassandra-clare.html
Why It's Book of the Week: Because it's awesome, and why not?

Sunday, 19 December 2010

In My Mailbox #4

It's been ages since I did one of these posts, the last one I did was on the 7th November... So, I think it's time for another one. And seeing that it was so long ago, I have a longer list than usual. =]

                            

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Kindle Edition) (Bought)
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Kindle Edition) (Bought)
Knight Angels: Book of Love by Abra Ebner (Kindle Edition) (Bought)
Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine's Soul by H.A. Goodman (Book) (Received from author)
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (Book) (Bought)
The Iron Daughter by Julia Kagawa (Book) (Bought)
Bad Blood by Mari Mancusi (Book) (Bought)
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (Book) (Borrowed from friend)

I've included a link to the ones I have reviewed, and will add the others as soon as the review are posted. Leave a link to your IMMs in the comments!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Book Review: Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine's Soul by H.A. Goodman

Logic of DemonsWhat would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul takes you on a journey inside the psyches of men and women forced to deal with the spiritual consequences of their decisions. Through the lives of a demon, two Angels, and a mysterious teenage girl, a plethora of politically and socially relevant issues ranging from the roots of genocide and sex trafficking to child conscription and religious fundamentalism are addressed in this fantasy thriller. Life as well as the afterlife converge in this novel to explain certain peculiarities of the human condition. Whether you are God fearing individual or an atheist, LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul addresses moral and theological issues of interest for people of all backgrounds. - from Goodreads.com

Devin has become a demon. After his wife was raped and murdered, he became depressed, and all he could think about was avenging his wife's death, by killing her murderer. As a result,  he ends up in Hell, as a demon. He's been recruited by Satan to help sell 'The Company's Formula'. In order to see his wife again, he is told that he must sell this Formula to a teenage girl called Nadine. Of course, he accepts. But, this being Hell, accepting the job of selling the Formula was the wrong choice, and now he has to face the consequences.

I have to admit, the beginning was very slow for me. It took me about 3 days to read the first 30 pages, and I was close to giving up. I didn't feel the need to keep reading about what would happen to Devin after he killed his wife's murderer, but I kept going, because, you never know, it might get better.

And it did. About a third of the way through, I couldn't stop reading. Although some of the characters are a little be unrealistic, and the plot's a little bit too complex, it was very exciting, and the pages kept turning. The writing was very detailed, and the storyline unique, so hats off to the author for thinking up a completely new story. At times I felt it was a little hard to keep up with everything that kept happening, but after a while, you get used to the style of writing, and it just gets better and better. I found myself, more than once, feeling the characters emotions, and the whole book was just an emotional roller-coaster. I was happy for Devin, angry at Devin, annoyed at Satan, depressed for Nadine, but I was especially sad for Jamshidt, when he tells Devin his story, and about his sister. That was, although it was very sad and not a very nice story, one of my favourite parts of the book, purely because the writing was awesome, and I really thought I was there, even though I didn't want to be. 

There were quite a few plot twists in Logic of Demons, and while some people may think that there are too many, I think they kept the story interesting and the twists keep the reader hooked. They encourage you to read on, and you can't stop.  

My one complaint is that it took me so long to read. I took me about a week and a half to read, which is a long time for me. Especially as it was only a 262 page book. I'm not sure why it took me so long to read, only I think it was me, and not the book that made me read it so slowly.

Overall, I was very impressed by H.A. Goodman's debut novel, and I would definitely recommend it!


I give it 4 Feet!

I'd just like to say a massive *THANK YOU* to H.A. Goodman for sending me the book all the way from America for me to review. It was much appreciated!

Saturday, 11 December 2010

2011 Challenges!

So, as I have a Kindle now, I'm going to sign up for the E-Book Reading Challenge, hosted by The Ladybug Reads. I'm going to aim for Addicted - 12 e-books. Hopefully, I'll be able to do it!


I'm also going to be doing For the Love of YA's challenge, the 2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge, seeing as almost every book I read is YA, it seems  quite easy. The aim is to read 12 books by 31st December 2011. To enter and for more info go here.



Are you signing up? Good luck if you are!

Friday, 10 December 2010

Book Blogger Hop #11 and Follow Friday #6

It's time again for the Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday. I say that every week, and I think it's a little cheesy... Oh well. I like cheese!

Book Blogger Hop

What is the thing you like most about reading book blogs? Is it the reviews, author guest posts, giveaways, or something else entirely? 

My answer: I really like the reviews, as it adds to my ever growing list of books I need to read, but I like everything about book blogs really! I like memes too, like Teaser Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday, and of course the Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday! I just love book blogs, and I love it when you can read a post that someone has done, and you can tell what kind of person wrote it. =] 


Do you have an under-noticed author that you think we should all know about? 

My answer: Well, having just read Knight Angels: Book of Love by Abra Ebner, I'm going to have to say her. She's a self-published author, and I think that her books are awesome! You should definitely go and buy them, and they're cheap for Kindle readers! You can read my review of Book of Love here.

What's happened at Cheezyfeet Books this week? 
Reviews: 
Other:

Also, I'd like to say a big thank you to Lulu @ The Book Addict, for giving me The Versatile Blogger award. I'm honored! I've already received it, so I didn't carry out the rules, but it still means a lot! So thank you =] 

Monday, 6 December 2010

Book Review: Knight Angels: Book of Love by Abra Ebner

Book of Love (Knight Angels, #1)When seventeen-year-old Jane Taylor witnessed her father's death, something happened to her. Ever since, her thoughts have been consumed by death, going so far as to foresee the ever-changing deaths of those around her. Sixteen-year-old Emily Taylor resented her sister's closeness with their father, who died when she was six. With the strange ability to read minds, she drowns the voices out with drugs, sending Jane over the edge. When seventeen-year-old Wes Green was adopted, he moved in next door to Jane, finding in her a childhood friend turned high-school crush. All summer, the pain in his bones seemed unwarranted. He was done growing long ago. When senior year starts, however, the pain only gets worse. The foreseen changes are not expected, and far too animal for his taste. When Max Gordon found himself standing above the dying body of an innocent seven-year-old girl, he saw in her eyes something he hadn't seen in the century he'd spent roaming Earth. Her father was already dead, but there was hope to save her. Jane was her name, and already she was all he ever wanted. It was his job to bring her back, and it was his job to protect her - the biggest mistake of his life. When these four teens enter Glenwood High their senior year, no one but Max could understand the future ahead of them. Drawn together by blood and friendship, they each hide a dark secret that will soon bind them together. Max has to protect Jane, Jane wants to be normal, Wes wants Jane to love him, and Emily just wants the voices to stop... But their fate just wants them dead. -from Goodreads.com


Book of Love is the first book in the Knight Angels series by Abra Ebner. This self-published novel has everything a good teen romance should have and more.

The main characters are Jane, Max, Emily, Wes and Greg. Instead of chapters, the book is told by these characters, from their points of view, which gives us an insight into all the characters heads, and what they are feeling about a certain situation, and how it differs to the feelings of the other characters. At times, this way of writing could become confusing, but Ebner weaves the tale in such a way, that everything is clear, and it was a great way of writing the novel. 

The characters in the novel were written well, and they were believable. They seemed like a mismatched bunch of teenagers, all trying to cope with things, without realising that they all had almost the same problem. I liked Emily the best, as throughout the book, she changes so much, and there is never a dull moment when reading her. Jane, on the other hand, bored me a little. She was very goody-two-shoes, and never does anything wrong. Something I did like about her though, was the fact that even though she knew that there were magickal things going on, she didn't want to believe it because the whole thing sounded like 'one of the vampire books that Emily reads', and she didn't immediately believe whatever came out of Max's mouth.

And onto Max. Max was the perfect love interest for Jane. He's mysterious and handsome, everything a good teen bad-boy should be. Max and his brother Greg really reminded me of the Salvatore brothers from The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith. They were two incredibly hot, mysterious boys, one good, one bad. They were portrayed well, and I enjoyed reading about them, and wouldn't mind if one of them randomly appeared in my school... 

And lastly, onto Wes. I didn't really care much for Wes, though when he was trying to get Jane to love him, he was very sweet. He's the character that right from the start, you know is not going to get what he wants, and that's sad, but as I said before, it didn't really bother me. He was just a character that played an important role in the book, but he didn't stand out to me. 

Book of Love was more of a love story with a twist, rather than a paranormal novel. The main focus, I felt, was the love between Max and Jane, and I do think that maybe Ebner could have brought out the mythology behind the magickal beings and  the action more throughout the book, as then it might have been more engaging, and would appeal to a wider audience. Although, having said this, I really did enjoy reading this love story with a twist. 

Ebner has created a unique world, full of unexpected twists and turns, and I loved it. I'm definitely looking forward to reading book 2, Book of Revenge, and I'm excited to find out what will happen next.


I give it 4 feet!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Book of the Week #11: Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

So, for the Book of the Week, I've decided I'm going to start choosing old books, that have been around for a while, as I feel that sometimes they get forgotten, unless they have sequels out. So, I've chosen Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston this week, because the last book in the series, Tempestuous, is coming out on the 21st December, which is in 2 weeks! =]

WONDROUS STRANGE
by Lesley Livingston



Title: Wonrous Strange
Author: Lesley Livingston
Publication Date: Jan 2009
When I Read It: March 2009
Synopsis: 17 year-old Kelley Winslow doesn’t believe in Faeries. Not unless they’re the kind that you find in a theatre, spouting Shakespeare—the kind that Kelley so desperately wishes she could be: onstage, under lights, with a pair of sparkly wings strapped to her shoulders. But as the understudy in a two-bit, hopelessly off-off-Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, wishing is probably the closest she’s going to get to becoming a Faerie Queen. At least, that’s what she thinks... In this fun, urban fantasy, Kelley's off-stage life suddenly becomes as complicated as one of Shakespeare’s plot twists when a nighttime trip to Central Park holds more than meets the mortal eye. - from goodreads.com
Recommended if: You love faeries, or Shakespeare.
Ages: 13+
Why I Loved It: Because I love faeries. They are my favourite of all supernatural creatures. Also, the way that it's written, with elements of A Midsummer Night's Dream woven in, is awesome!
My Review: http://cheezyfeetbooks.blogspot.com/2010/09/wondrous-strange-lesley-livingston.html
Why It's Book of the Week: Because Tempestuous, the last book in the trilogy, is coming out in 2 weeks, and I can't wait!

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Busting the Newbie Blues!


Small Review is hosting an event called 'Busting the Newbie Blues', which is all about helping new YA book bloggers. For info, go here


This event is designed to:
  • Put new YA book bloggers on the map.
  • Increase blogger interaction
  • Start a discussion by sharing our experiences as a new blogger
  • Learn about what it was like for all those impressive established blogger when they were newbies. 
So, we had a to pick a questionnaire to answer, and I chose the 'New Bloggers' one. 

1. When did you start your blog?
I started my blog in February using Wordpress, but I didn't like the way it was set up, so moved to Blogger, where I could have more freedom to make my blog how I wanted it to be. So, Cheezyfeet Books was started on 1st July 2010. 

2. Why did you start your blog?
I was bored one day, and I wanted to make a site where I could recommend books to friends. I never set out to review books, but it just sort of happened. And I'm very glad it did!

3. What has been the biggest challenge you've faced so far? 
When I first started blogging, I found it very difficult to get people to visit my blog, and for the first month or so I had very little visitors, and never got any comments. I almost gave up because I didn't want to take time posting reviews when no one was going to read them. When I got my first few followers though, I was so happy, and it just motivated me more to keep going.

4. What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
Um. There's nothing really discouraging about it, just that when you go to other people's blogs, and they have loads of followers, and loads of comments, and you don't, it's quite hard not to be jealous... :L

5. What do you find most encouraging?
It has to be all the wonderful people out there who help! People who host memes, people who hold events and giveaways, and just generally the people who take the time to read your posts and make meaningful comments. They make it all feel worthwhile. =] 

6. What do you like the best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
The thing I love most is the fact that every single blog is completely different. I love how everyone's blog reflects their personality, and I've tried to make my blog as much like me as possible. 

7. What do you dislike about blogs you've read? Do you try to avoid this?
I don't particularly dislike anything about blogs, because I know that people, if they're like me, then they spend an awful lot of time working on their blogs, making them the way they are now, so I try not to dislike anything. However, I try to keep my sidebars un-cluttered, because sometimes if you have a sidebar or two filled with too many cool things, then the readers just get distracted from the actual posts, so I try and keep my sidebars tidy. Doesn't stop me from having a few countdowns and buttons though... :L

8. Any advice for other new bloggers?
Um... Keep at it, and if you feel like giving up, (like I did) don't because it will be so worth it! =]

9. Anything else you'd like to share about your experience? 
Just that I really enjoy doing it, and I actually can't remember what I did before I spent ages reviewing books, and commenting on people's blogs... And that I love all the awesome people who helped me get where I am now!

10. Is there anything you'd like to tell us about your blog? 
Well, lots of people have been asking why I called my blog 'Cheezyfeet' Books, and the answer is, ever since I was little, I've always been known as Cheezyfeet on the internet, and my email addresses and MSN, etc. It's not because I have cheesy feet, because I don't (I hope!), it's just, that I have always been Cheezyfeet, and I cannot remember what started it. It just is that way, and I thought it seemed appropriate at the time. =] 

So thank you to Small Review for hosting this event, I think it's a great way to help new bloggers, and it should be great fun! =] 





Friday, 3 December 2010

Book Blogger Hop #10 and Follow Friday #5

It's Friday again, so time for the Book Blogger Hop and the Follow Friday!

Book Blogger Hop

What very popular and hyped book in the blogosphere did you NOT enjoy and how did you feel about posting your review? 

My answer: I didn't really enjoy Fallen by Lauren Kate very much, and I'm not sure why, I just didn't. Anyway, I wasn't really sure how to post my review, but I ended up saying why I didn't like it, but also all the parts I thought were good. I always try and post my honest opinion, and if I didn't like a particular book, I will try and say so in the nicest way possible, saying what the good bits were too. Because a book can't be all bad, can it? 


What do you do besides reading/reviewing as a hobby?

My answer: Although reading takes up a lot of my time, I do do other things... I play the flute, and am currently on Grade 6 so that takes up a lot of my time too... And apart from reading and reviewing on my blog, I don't really do much else. I listen to a lot of music... It depends what mood I'm in really :L 

What's been happening at Cheezyfeet Books this week?
Reviews:
Memes:
Other:

And I just wanted to say, we reached 100 followers this week, so THANK YOU to everyone who follows! Much love to you all! =] 

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Waiting on Wednesday #3: Entwined by Heather Dixon

I haven't done one of these posts for a while, so I thought it was time for another Waiting on Wednesday! This week's pick has an interesting plot, and an AMAZING cover! Enjoy! Leave a link to your WoW post in the comments, if you want, and I'll come check it out!

ENTWINED
by Heather Dixon
Release date: 29/03/2011

Entwined

Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.
The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.
But there is a cost.
The Keeper likes to keep things.
Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late. - From goodreads.com
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