Sunday, 30 January 2011

Book Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3)Title: The Iron Queen
Author: Julie Kagawa
Date of Publication: 25th January 2011
Pages: 358
Source: Bought
Series: The Iron Fey #3
Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.


My Thoughts:
Wow, what an awesome ending to an awesome series. I cannot recommend this series enough. If you haven't read it, you should. Buy it, borrow it, do whatever you can to read it. Don't illegally download or steal it though. That's naughty. Anyway, back to the review.

I won't say too much about the plot, as I don't want to give away anything about what happens in the previous two books, but I could potentially let out a few minor spoilers, so if you haven't read the first two and don't want to be spoiled, stop reading now.

So, it was inevitable that the last book in this series was going to have a huge fight between the oldblood faeries from the Summer and Winter courts and the Iron Fey. And what a battle it was. Kagawa's writing is immense. The way she describes everything in detail, so it's extremely easy to watch the book play out like a movie in your head, is amazing. It was so good, I could even read while my brothers were watching TV in the same room, something which I'm awful at because I just get distracted. So me be able to read without getting distracted by the TV must mean that it's awesome.

Another way I could tell it was awesome was the fact that I would start reading, and look up a little later and find out that I'd been reading for more than a few hours. Normally, something would interrupt me, or I'd have to stop because I remembered I had to do something, but I didn't. I was engrossed, and I could not stop those pages from turning. It was great.

I love the characters in The Iron Fey series. Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grimalkin. I love Meghan, she's strong and determined, though she can be a little whiny. It didn't bother me though, no one is perfect. Ash is... Well, he's a super hot Winter prince. What more can I say? Puck was his usual, goofy, loveable self, and Grimalkin was still an annoying, disappearing cat. I love how all the characters were all the same people as they were the book before, as it bugs me when you read a book, and then in the sequel, they have a completely different personality and are so different to what you originally thought they were.

Overall, The Iron Queen was a perfect ending to a truly amazing series. I cannot recommend it enough, and everything about it is just great. I cannot think of anything to complain about. It's awesome, and I'm begging you to read it if you haven't. :D

My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!


Challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #9
2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #6

Book of the Week #17: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa


The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1)


Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: January 2011
When I Read It: June 2010
Synopsis from Goodreads.com: Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Why I Loved It: Because it's about faeries, and the writing is awesome. Also, the characters and setting are so well written, it's easy to get lost in the world of the Nevernever.
My Review: http://cheezyfeetbooks.blogspot.com/2010/07/iron-king-julie-kagawa.html
Why It's Book of the Week: Because, as everybody probably already knows, The Iron Queen, the last book in the series, came out on Tuesday, so I think everyone who hasn't read the series should!

Friday, 28 January 2011

Book Blogger Hop #14 and Follow Friday #9

Book Blogger Hop

What book are you most looking forward to seeing published in 2011? Why are you anticipating that book?

My answer: Well, I was really looking forward to The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa, because that series is awesome, and I couldn't wait to read it, but seeing as that has already been published, now I'm probably most anticipating Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I absolutely loved Clockwork Angel, so hopefully Clockwork Prince will be just as good, maybe even better! Cannot wait. =] 


What is/was your favourite subject in school?

My answer: I absolutely love Textiles. It's awesome. We're doing a project on shoes at the moment, and it's great. We're designing shoes, and we had to make one of our designs out of paper and masking tape, and let me tell you, making a heel out of paper and masking tape is not easy. But I managed to do it. I also really like History, I love finding about what happened in the past. I like most subjects, but I really don't like PE. I hate anything to do with sports, I'm just too lazy... 

I had an idea for a new meme, if you want to find out more, just click here!

What happened at Cheezyfeet Books this week: 
Reviews: 
Awakened by PC and Kristin Cast
0.4 by Mike Lancaster
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
Entangled by Cat Clarke
Memes:
Other: 

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Book Review: Entangled by Cat Clarke

Title: Entangled
Author: Cat Clarke
Date of Publication: 6th January 2011
Pages: 373
Source: Bought
Series: N/A
Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
The same questions whirl round and round in my head:
What does he want from me?
How could I have let this happen?
AM I GOING TO DIE?

17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with a table, pens and paper - and no clue how she got here.

As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she's tried to forget. There's falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there's something missing. As hard as she's trying to remember, is there something she just can't see?

Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here?

A story of dark secrets, intense friendship and electrifying attraction.



My Thoughts:
Wow. This book was amazing. Not what I was expecting, at all, but still it was awesome. Don't let the pretty cover fool you though. (I know, it's gorgeous) It's definitely not a pretty story.

The story is told by Grace, who has been kidnapped, and is trapped in a white room with only paper and pens in it. There is nothing else she can do, so she writes. She's forced to remember everything, and we find out along with her.

Grace is a strong, well thought out and complex character. I really enjoyed reading about her, but I couldn't really relate to her all that well. I could relate to her friendship troubles with Sal, as I've experienced friendship troubles too, but I couldn't understand why she cuts herself, and why she enjoys going out and getting wasted every day. It's never happened to me before, but I felt sorry for her, and I just wanted to give her a big hug, and tell her everything is going to be okay, even though I knew she thought it wouldn't. Although I couldn't really relate to her all that well, I loved her narrative, and I was glued to the page.
The plot wasn't too complex, but wasn't really simple. A lot happened in a short space of time, but I didn't feel that the book had been rushed at any point, I felt it was well-paced and well-written. I think there may have been a little too much drinking and talking about drinking for me, but I can see why it's there, and I'm pretty sure the story wouldn't be quite the same without it.

The last 10 pages or so really made the book for me, the bit where the book is summed up and it's revealed as to why Grace had been kidnapped. I didn't see it coming at all, and it was a really great way to find out what happened, and who did things and why. It was a great way to finish, and I couldn't imagine the ending any other way.

Overall, Entangled was a really good book. I read it all in one day. There were times I hated it, but there were more times I loved it, and that's what I think makes a good book, one that makes you feel things, and one that will stay with you for a long time after you've finished. I'll never forget Grace's story, and it definitely left a mark on me, which is how I know it was so good. It was powerful and emotional, and I was glued to the pages. It has everything, secrets, love, betrayal, and at the end, there is a little glimpse of hope. It's awesome, and I recommend it to everyone.

My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!


Challenges:
2011 Debut Author Challenge #3
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #8

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Book Review: Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Lament
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Date of Publication: 3rd January 2011
Pages: 356
Source: Bought
Series: Books of Faerie #1
Synopsis from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .

*Minor spoilers. But they're only little...*

My Thoughts:
I love Maggie Stiefvater. Whether she writes about faeries or werewolves, she's awesome. Her writing is amazing, and her stories are so well written. I absolutely loved Shiver, but I think Lament is even better.

Lament is about faeries. I love faeries. Doesn't everyone love faeries? Anyway, as I was saying, Lament was awesome. The writing flowed perfectly throughout the book, and there wasn't one point where I thought the story was slow, or there was a plot hole. I was glued to the pages, and I couldn't stop reading.

One of the things I really need to enjoy a book, is a strong and likeable main character. There is no point reading a story about a character you don't like, in my opinion. Dierdre Monaghan is a strong and likeable main character. She's a musician, and a very good one, who is also a cloverhand, someone who can see faeries. The only complaint I may have about her, and it isn't really a complaint, is that when she was told that faeries exist, she didn't freak out or go weird. She just accepted it and carried on with her life. Wouldn't you be at least a little surprised if you found out that the world was actually full of faeries or supernatural creatures that are trying to kill you? I don't know about you, but I would definitely be freaking out. Anyway. I really liked her, and I enjoyed reading about her. And her relationship with Luke was so sweet. It just made me go 'aww' whenever he called her 'pretty girl'...

Although, having said this, I didn't want Dierdre to fall in love with Luke. I was Team James all the way. He's so cute, the way he sends a text confessing his love. Oops. Minor spoiler... Anyway, I just think that Dierdre should have chosen James.

The plot was well thought out, and well paced. A lot happened, but it didn't feel rushed, as some books sometimes do. I enjoyed the twists in the story, and only saw one coming. (which I was very proud of :P)
Overall, Lament is an awesome read, and I think everyone who loves faeries or Shiver should read it. And even if you don't, you should still read it. It is so good. There isn't really much more I can say without repeating myself. It. Is. Awesome.

My Rating:
I give it 5 feet!


Challenges:
2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #5
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #7

Teaser Tuesday #12: The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

This is week, my teaser is from an ARC that I received from NetGalley, and I'm so excited to read it! It's from The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell.

I lay back, turning my eyes to the plastered ceiling to wecome a weary numbness. "Just poison my breakfast. You can call it a fever. Be done with me," I told him as I dropped to the bed.' - Page 6

Leave a comment and link to your TT! =]

Sunday, 23 January 2011

In My Mailbox #6

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, and is a great way to get book recommendations, and find out what other bloggers are reading. =]

(Links to reviews)

Bought: 

Awakened (House of Night, #8)
Awakened by PC & Kristin Cast (House of Night #8)

At the start of Awakened, the pulse-pounding eighth installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey has returned, mostly whole, from the Otherworld to her rightful place as High Priestess at the House of Night. Her friends are just glad to have her back, but after losing her human consort, Heath, will Zoey—or her relationship with her super- hot Warrior, Stark—ever be the same? Stevie Rae is drawn even closer to Rephaim, the Raven Mocker with whom she shares a mysterious and powerful Imprint, but he is a dangerous secret that isolates her from her school, her red fledglings, and even her best friends. When the dark threat of Neferet—who is coming closer and closer to achieving her twisted goal of immortality—and Kalona returns, what will it take to keep the House of Night from being lost forever, and what will one desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?

0.40.4 by Mike Lancaster

It's a brave new world. 

'My name is Kyle Straker. And I don't exist anymore.' 

So begins the story of Kyle Straker, recorded onto old audiotapes. You might think these tapes are a hoax, but perhaps they contain the history of a past world....If what the tapes say is true, it means that everything we think we know is a lie. 

And if everything we know is a lie, does that mean that we are, too?

Inside Out Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder (Inside Out #1)

Keep your head down. Don't get noticed. Or else. I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? Not like it's all that dangerous - the only neck at risk is my own. Until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution...




Lament (Books of Faerie, #1)Lament by Maggie Stiefvater (Books of Faerie #1)

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . . 

e-ARC for review from NetGalley:

The VespertineThe Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell (Vespertine #1)

It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.
When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Book Review: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Inside OutTitle: Inside Out
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Date of Publication: 1st January 2011
Pages: 315
Source: Bought
Series: Inside Out #1
Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
Keep Your Head Down.

Don't Get Noticed.

Or Else.

I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.


My Thoughts:
I love YA Dystopian novels. I haven't read that many, only The Hunger Games and The Forest of Hands and Teeth series, but those two were awesome, so once I heard about this, I was so excited to read it. I seem to have lots of trouble finding YA Dystopian novels so any suggestions, leave them in the comments! Anyway, this was definitely a welcome addition, and I am still a huge fan of YA Dystopian.

Right from the beginning of the story, I could tell that Trella was about to take us on an amazing adventure, completely different from anything else. And I was right.

There are so many things about this book that I absolutely adore. Firstly, the thing that jumped out at me right at the beginning, was the amazingly complex yet completely simple world that Snyder has created. It was extremely well thought out and incredibly detailed, even down to the number of rivets on the walls. There is social hierarchy, with the Uppers being better than the Lowers, who are keeping Inside alive. And even though the situation in which Trella and her friends live in is completely impossible, it's easy to imagine and great to get lost in.

Trella is a confident and independent character, and she's unique. There is no one like her in the sheep-like herd of scrubs, and she trusts no one. That was at the beginning though. At the end, she begins to develop into a confident and determined young woman, who will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. And she does.

Everything about this book is awesome. I could go on forever about it, but nobody wants to read that. All I'm going to say is that is awesomely written, and a great start to what is promising to be an amazing series. If you haven't read it, you really need to. It's awesome.

My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!

Challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #6

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Teaser Tuesday #11: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

I haven't done one of these posts for ages... Since before Christmas I think. I just forgot :L Anyway, this week my teaser is from Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder. It's a YA Dystopian novel, about a girl called Trella who is a scrub in a place called Inside, and she's trying to find out if there is such a place called Outside. I haven't read much of it, but it seems really good so far, so if you like YA Dystopian novels, you should definitely try it!

Inside Out'My head cleared. He seemed to be in no hurry to call for help, probably didn't even know he should be reporting me. I wasn't taking any more chances; I climbed onto the couch, trying to reach the air duct. It was another meter beyond my grasp. The vent was in the middle of the ceiling, and I couldn't use the rivets to scale the side wall.' - page 44







What book is your teaser from? Leave a link in the comments. =]

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Book of the Week #16: 0.4 by Mike Lancaster

Have you all had a good week? Mine's been OK... Anyway, it's time for another Book of the Week =]

This week, I've chosen a book that I've just finished, and it's awesome. The author is a January 2011 debut author, and I loved it.

0.4
by Mike Lancaster

0.4

Title: 0.4
Author: Mike Lancaster
Publication Date: January 2011
When I Read It: January 2011
Synopsis: It's a brave new world.

'My name is Kyle Straker. And I don't exist anymore.'

So begins the story of Kyle Straker, recorded on to old audio tapes. You might think these tapes are a hoax. But perhaps they contain the history of a past world...If what the tapes say are true, it means that everything we think we know is a lie.

And if everything we know is a lie does that mean that we are, too?
- from Goodreads.com
Recommended if: You love YA sci-fi, or you need a book for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge.
Ages: 13+
Why I Loved It: Because it's one of the first sci-fis I've read, and so it's completely different to anything I've ever read before. It's awesome.
My Review: http://cheezyfeetbooks.blogspot.com/2011/01/book-review-04-by-mike-lancaster.html
Why It's Book of the Week: Because it's a debut for this month!


**Do you like memes? If you do, would you mind having a look at my new idea for a meme? There's more info and a form you can fill out about it here. All feddback is much appreciated! Thanks

Book Review: 0.4 by Mike Lancaster

Title: 0.4
Author: Mike Lancaster
Date of Publication: 4th January 2011
Pages: 304
Source: Bought
Series: N/A
Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
It's a brave new world.

'My name is Kyle Straker. And I don't exist anymore.'

So begins the story of Kyle Straker, recorded on to old audio tapes. You might think these tapes are a hoax. But perhaps they contain the history of a past world...If what the tapes say are true, it means that everything we think we know is a lie.

And if everything we know is a lie does that mean that we are, too?


My Thoughts:
Wow. This was such a good book. I devoured it, and read it all in one sitting. I couldn't stop.
From the very first page, I was hooked. By the second chapter or so, there was no way I was putting it down soon. I didn't expect to read it all though.

What did I love so much about it? I'm not really sure. It's probably one of the only sci-fi books I've read, so that for me was appealing because it's something new, something that isn't a paranormal romance. Don't get me wrong, I will always love and will always read paranormal romance, but sometimes, I like to read something new, and exciting. And 0.4 is just that.

Kyle Straker narrates the story in the form of an old audio tape recording. The editor, Mike Lancaster, adds notes throughout the book, which enlighten the reader to the ways of the world, which is our world now, but the book is set as someone reading it from the future, who wouldn't know about certain things. So, he explains golf, Coldplay, and lots more, and these notes are very funny. Also, because it's supposed to be Kyle telling the story through three recorded audio tapes, there are gaps in the story where the tape is turning, or a new tape is being played. I liked these gaps, because it made you imagine what would have been said when the tape was turning, though you never find out.

I liked Kyle. He was straight thinking, brave and a strong main character. He tried to make sense of the strange things that had happened to him, even if the only conclusion he could come to was completely outrageous and probably not true. His voice was very readable, and I really felt as though I was experiencing the events along with him.

Overall, 0.4 was a very good read. I saw it on a Waiting on Wednesday post last year, and I immediately added it to my TBR pile, and then forgot about it until a few weeks ago, when I saw that it had come out. I had to buy it, and I'm so glad I did! It was awesome, and you must read it.

My Rating:

I give it 5 Feet!


Challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #5
2011 Debut Author Challenge #1

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Book Review: Awakened by PC & Kristin Cast

Awakened (House of Night, #8)Title: Awakened
Author: PC & Kristin Cast
Date of Publication: January 4th 2011
Pages: 290
Source: Bought
Series: House of Night #8
Synopsis from Goodreads.com: At the start of Awakened, the pulse-pounding eighth installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey has returned, mostly whole, from the Otherworld to her rightful place as High Priestess at the House of Night. Her friends are just glad to have her back, but after losing her human consort, Heath, will Zoey—or her relationship with her super- hot Warrior, Stark—ever be the same? Stevie Rae is drawn even closer to Rephaim, the Raven Mocker with whom she shares a mysterious and powerful Imprint, but he is a dangerous secret that isolates her from her school, her red fledglings, and even her best friends. When the dark threat of Neferet—who is coming closer and closer to achieving her twisted goal of immortality—and Kalona returns, what will it take to keep the House of Night from being lost forever, and what will one desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?

My Thoughts:
I was quite disappointed with this book. Yes, I enjoyed it, yes, once I was a couple of chapters in, I didn't want to stop reading, but it didn't live up to my expectations.

First of all, I found it very hard to get through the beginning. We went on a 2 and a half hour car journey, and I read 20 pages. I tried to read more, but I couldn't. The beginning was just so slow...

Also, what makes it worse was the fact that it started off with Neferet narrating. She's on the Dark side, and I got bored and didn't want to read anything narrated by anyone from the Dark side. I just didn't really care. I wanted to read everything from Zoey's POV like in the first books, which I think were the best of the series. Zoey is the main character, and my favourite, and reading about Kalona and Neferet didn't interest me at all.

When I first started reading this series, I was glued to it. It was awesome, and I devoured the books, always needing to know when I could get my hands on the next one. Then, when it got to around Tempted and Burned, I felt that the series was going downhill. I think that the plot was getting a little too over-complex, and the authors couldn't keep up with a story that was running away with them. I frequently found myself confused and having to read back over what I had just read, which is something I don't normally need to do.

Too much happened in this book, and it was very short. 290 pages was not nearly enough to write what happened well in my opinion, and I think that Awakened could quite easily have been a 400 page book without it being slow. Just my thoughts though.

Despite saying all this, I did enjoy it. At times I couldn't stop reading, and I really did feel like I was there, and I felt the characters pain, sadness, happiness, and all their other feelings. And the Casts really can write. The characters are believable, and they've been through so much and changed so much, that you can't help but feel for them and care for them. I won't spoil the book for you, but it was sad, happy, and annoying, all at the same time, and there were some really well-written things in there.

The House of Night series is a good one, but it's too long. As you can probably tell, I'm a little bit undecided on whether I enjoyed this book as much as the rest or not. I think that the next book, Destined, could probably have got away with being combined with Awakened to make one 400 page book, instead of two 200 page ones. I know it's for money and publicity, but still. I would still recommend the House of Night series though, just be prepared to be reading it for a long time!

My Rating:

I give it 4 Feet!

Challenges:
2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #4
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #4

Meme Idea

So, I have an idea about a meme. And I'd like your opinion, on whether you'd take part, or if you think it's a good idea, you know, all that stuff.

The Idea: 
It would be called SAMPLE SATURDAY, and you have to read a sample of a book, which can be found online (or if you have a Kindle/Kindle App, the first few chapters can be downloaded onto that for free) and then, on Saturday, you review it on your blog, and say whether or not the sample grabbed you, and if you would read the rest of the book, or anything else you'd like to say about it. Characters, plot line, etc. The sample would only have to be a chapter or to, or, if you wanted to, you could read a little more. 

Do you like the idea? Fill in the form (Link Below), saying what you think, that would be great. If you don't like it, or have something you think could improve it, I really don't mind, say what you think! And, one last thing, is there a meme already that's like this? Thanks so much! =] 

Friday, 14 January 2011

Book Blogger Hop #13 and Follow Friday #8

Have you all had a good week? Mine's been OK, just getting back into the routine of school... Fun. Anyway, here's my Blog Hop and Follow Friday =]

Book Blogger Hop

Why do you read the genre you read? What draws you to it? 

My answer: I read YA Paranormal mostly, and I'm not sure why... I guess, it's just that I like getting lost in a world that would never happen, and I especially love finding out about all of the weird and wonderful creatures authors have come up with. I also like reading about things that would never happen to me, because people fascinate me. I'm not really sure... this is a hard question! Do you sort of understand what I mean? I like that when I'm reading I'll have no idea what's going to happen, and it keeps me reading into the night because I need to know what happens, and I think a lot of YA paranormal books have that suspense... And of course, there are all the love interests... But we won't go there :L 


What makes up your non-human family?

My answer: I don't really have a non-human family... I used to have a rabbit called Snuggles, and I loved him, but he sadly died last summer while I was on holiday, which was awful, and I suppose he was part of my non-human, but I don't really have one anymore. We have a pet hermit crab, but that's not really family. It's called Onken Crabbie, and it justs sits in its tank all day... Weird, I know. :L

**I have an idea about a new meme, possibly called Sample Saturday. Head over here to read more and fill in the form to tell me your thoughts. Thanks!

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

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Stylish Blogger Award!

Sara at Just Another Story and Shannon at Stalking the Bookshelves have both awarded me The Stylish Blogger Award! Thank you so much, it's awesome =]


There are rules that you have to follow once you have been awarded:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Tell us 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 bloggers you think deserve the prize, that you recently discovered.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them they've received the award!

So, the 7 random things about me:

1. I have an obsession with high heels. I love them. They're awesome. I don't actually own any, as this is a recent obsession, but I have my eye on a pair in Topshop that I absolutely adore....

2. I also have a small obsession with grammar. Everything has to be spelt right and be grammatically correct. I still make mistakes though :L

3. I don't like hot countries. I don't like feeling too hot, and not being able to cool down.

4. I love Taylor Swift, and am going to see her in concert in March, and I cannot wait! I'm listening to Better Than Revenge from Speak Now right now.

5. I go through phases of playing Facebook games religiously. Yes, I used to be a FarmVille-er. But now it's all about CityVille :L

6. I have never seen a Star Wars film all the way through.

7. I have a Facebook YA Books page, maybe you could have a look? =]

The 15 Bloggers I'm awarding this to:
1. Small Review
2. The Paperback Princesses
3. YA Bookie Monster
4. What's Your Story?
5. The Garden of Books
6. The Book Pixie
7. Cicely Loves Books
8. Eating YA Books
9. Dog-Eared & Bookmarked
10. Emilie's Book World
11. Erika Breathes Books
12. Fragments of Life
13. I Live In a Fictional World
14. In The Hammock Book Reviews
15. Jess Hearts Books

There are so many other great blogs out there, and I wish I could choose everyone! I really think you should all go and check out all the blogs listed above, as they are all worthy winners, in my opinion =]

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Book Review: The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Title: The Dead-Tossed Waves
Author: Carrie Ryan
Date of Publication: March 9th 2010
Pages: 407
Source: Bought (Kindle Edition)
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth #2
Synopsis from Goodreads.com: Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.

My Thoughts:
When I got The Forest of Hands and Teeth back in July and read it, I absolutely loved it. It was so good, yet I didn't go out and buy The Dead-Tossed Waves immediately, like I normally would have. Not really sure why, but I didn't. So, Christmas came and I still hadn't read it. I put in on my Christmas List, and on Christmas morning, there it was on my Kindle. I was excited, but still I was reluctant to read it. I have no idea why, I just didn't want to read it.

But now I have, I cannot believe I was once reluctant to read it. It. Was. Awesome.

I have no complaints about The Dead-Tossed Waves. I can't think of anything wrong with it. The plot was exciting and complex but not confusing, the characters were easy to connect with, and were believable. I felt their pain, their happiness, their worry, and every other emotion that they felt.

Gabry was the narrator of the story, and she's the daughter of Mary, who narrated The Forest of Hands and Teeth. At the beginning of the book, she's quite shy, very hesitant, and not very adventurous. But after the awful night in the ruins of the amusement park, she changes. She becomes determined, strong and independent. She's determined to find Catcher and help him, and nothing will stop her.

The two love interests in the book were Catcher and Elias. I found myself loving both of them, and unusually for me, I couldn't decide which one I would prefer Gabry to end up with. I changed my mind throughout the whole book, along with Gabry, and even after finishing and finding out who she chose, I still cannot decide whether I'm happy with her decision or not.

The events that take place in the book are very surprising. As you probably know by now if you read my reviews, I'm not very good at guessing what is going to happen, but usually I have some kind of idea which path the story is going to take. In The Dead-Tossed Waves however, I have absolutely no idea what on earth was going to happen. In tricky situations, I'd be worried as to how the characters would get out of it, and until I read it, I didn't see how they were going to survive. It really kept on the edge of my seat, and I couldn't stop turning those pages.

Carrie Ryan is not afraid of writing bad things. Not badly, but bad happenings. So, throughout the book Gabry faces some awful things, things that I know I could never ever face as well or as bravely as she did. I really admire Ryan's writing, as it was easy to read and engaging, and it was just awesome.

Overall, The Dead-Tossed Waves is an awesome book. In fact, the whole series is awesome, and I really recommend that if you haven't read The Forest of Hands and Teeth series, you really must go out and buy yourself a copy. It's awesome, and it really makes you think. It's one of those books that stays with you for a long time after you read the last page, and those books are awesome. Read it!

My Rating
I give it 5 Feet!

Challenges:
2011 e-Book Challenge #2
2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #3
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #3

Book of the Week #15: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Have you had a good week? This week I've chosen a book that I read a long time ago, but have only just read the sequel, and it reminded me what an awesome book it was. Here it is, 

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
by Carrie Ryan



Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publication Date: March 2009
When I Read It: July 2010
Synopsis: In Mary's world there are simple truths.

The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent.
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future-between the one she loves and the one who loves her.

And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?
- From Goodreads.com
Recommended if: You love YA paranormal, but you want something a little different, that you haven't read before.
Ages: 13+
Why I Loved It: Because it's thought-provoking and gripping, and keeps you hanging, right up until you turn the last page.
My Review: I didn't actually review this book, not sure why, just never really got around to it...
Why It's Book of the Week: Because I've almost finished The Dead-Tossed Waves, and I have to recommend it to everyone, and this is the best I can think of doing it =]

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Cover Revealed: Passion by Lauren Kate

So, I know this is a bit late, but I only just found it... And I think it's gorgeous! It's the cover for Passion, the third book in Lauren Kate's Fallen series, and isn't it beautiful? I still think I prefer the eery creepiness of Torment, the second book in the series, but I still think this is beautiful. What do you think?


Friday, 7 January 2011

Book Blogger Hop #12 and Follow Friday #7

It's the first week of 2011, and the Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday are back! The first Hop of the New Year has begun =]

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer at Crazy For Books.

What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you?

My answer: Well, no book has really changed my life... I suppose, and I'm not shamed to say it, that Twilight by Stephenie Meyer sort of influenced my life, because when I first read it, it inspired me to read more, and because I read Twilight, I've discovered so many more great books, full of awesome characters and exciting plots. It's not that I didn't read before that, because I did, but not as much. So, in that way, Twilight influenced me, but didn't really change my life... But then again, if I hadn't read it, I wouldn't have made this blog, and wouldn't have met all you awesome people out there! So I'm glad I did. =]


Follow Friday is hosted by ParaJunkee at ParaJunkee's View

What book(s) have you discovered lately from someone's book blog? 

My answer: Ooh, there are so many answers to that question... I've been reading people's 2011 Debut Author Challenge posts, and finding all the books on their lists, and so now I've got some great books to buy that are by debut authors this year, and I'm so excited to read them! There are too many books and blogs to list though :L

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Cover Revealed: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater UK

So, anyone else out there in the UK, wondering what the last Wolves of Mercy Falls cover will look like? I know I was. And now, I know =] I think it's beautiful, how about you? So excited to read this now!

Oh UK'ers! Did you want to see the UK cover for FOREVER?



Monday, 3 January 2011

Book Review: Bitter Frost by Kailin Gow

Bitter Frost (Frost, #1)Title: Bitter Frost
Author: Kailin Gow
Date of Publication: June 1st 2010
Pages: 235
Source: Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads.com: All her life, Breena had always dreamed about fairies as though she lived among them...beautiful fairies living among mortals and living in Feyland. In her dreams, he was always there the breathtakingly handsome but dangerous Winter Prince, Kian, who is her intended. When Breena turns sixteen, she begins seeing fairies and other creatures mortals don t see. Her best friend Logan, suddenly acts very protective. Then she sees Kian, who seems intent on finding her and carrying her off to Feyland. That's fine and all, but for the fact that humans rarely survive a trip to Feyland, a kiss from a fairy generally means death to the human unless that human has fairy blood in them or is very strong, and although Kian seemed to be her intended, he seems to hate her and wants her dead.

My Thoughts
I was really excited to read this book, for many reasons. One, it's about faeries, and they're my absolute favourite paranormal creature to read about, and two, because I had only read glowing reviews about it. So, on Christmas morning when I found it waiting for me on my Kindle, I was so happy. Now that I've read it, I can almost see why the reviews I read were all glowing. Almost.

Firstly, it was very short. I managed to read it in about 3 and half hours, and being only 235 pages, it did feel a little rushed in places. Because of this, I did feel as though I was missing out on something, something that Kailin Gow could have added to make the story flow better and not feel as rushed.

Secondly, I had a few little problems with Breena. I have problems with books if I have problems with the main characters, because I have to read through their eyes. But they were only little problems, so I could look over them while I was reading. Breena came across as a little bit whiny, and once she realised she actually was a faery princess, she became just a little bit full of herself. When she was being attacked by some fey creature, she'd cry, 'I'm the faery princess of the Summer court! You can't take me away!' or something along those lines, and it was in those moments that I just felt that she was being a little unreasonable, and just because she's who she is, doesn't mean that she could demand everything and expect it to be done. Also, her relationship with Kian, was very sudden. Even though they supposedly had known each other forever, Breena begins the book by hating him when he kidnaps her, and then suddenly they're in love? I was a little bit confused there.

Talking of Kian. He wasn't the perfect love interest in the book, I much prefered Logan, Breena's friend from the mortal world. He risks his life to save Breena, and he's just sweet and nice, and there are certain scenes in the beginning of the book that just make you go, 'awwwww'. I'm not saying that Kian isn't nice and risks his life for her, because he does, but Logan is just the man I'd rather have risk his life for me. That's all.

Overall, it was a good read, but very quick. I did enjoy reading it, if I didn't, I wouldn't have read it straight through in one sitting. It just wasn't the best book I've read about faeries recently. I will definitely be buying the next in the series though, and I would recommend it if you needed a good quick read. But not if you wanted something that's going to make you think, and make you want to read it again.

My Rating
I give it 4 Feet!

Challenges: 
2011 e-Book Challenge #1
2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #2
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #2

Book of the Week #14: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Sorry it's a bit late again this week, but here is the Book of the Week. =]

PARANORMALCY 
by Kiersten White



Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Publication Date: August 2010
When I Read It: December 2010
Synopsis: Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.
- from Goodreads.com
Recommended if: You love all things paranormal, but want something a little different.
Ages: 13+
Why I Loved It: Because it lived up to my expectations, and the writing style was easy to read, and the characters are awesome!
My Review: http://cheezyfeetbooks.blogspot.com/2011/01/book-review-paranormalcy-by-kiersten.html
Why It's Book of the Week: Because it's awesome, and I think everyone should read it!

Sunday, 2 January 2011

New Releases In January

Sorry about not doing a New Releases post in December, I completely forgot. So, sorry about that. :L Anyway. There are a lot of releases this month that I'm really looking forward to, and I've listed them below. If there are any books coming out in January* that you think I should add, then feel free to comment below!

*These releases are all UK releases, as I live in the UK, so these are the dates I'm waiting for. I can barely keep up with the releases in the UK, so trying to add in the US dates too would be far too much work for little old me. Sorry about that. =]

          

The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
Release Date: 01/01/2011

Entice by Carrie Jones
Release Date: 04/01/2011

          

Awakened by PC & Kristin Cast
Release Date: 04/01/2011

Choker by Elizabeth Woods
Release Date: 04/01/2011

          

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Release Date: 04/01/2011

Entangled by Cat Clarke
Release Date: 06/01/2011

          

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Release Date: 06/01/2011

XVI by Julia Karr
Release Date: 06/01/2011

          

Release Date: 06/01/2011

Forsaken by Jana Oliver
Release Date: 07/01/2011

          

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Release Date: 11/01/2011

Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
Release Date: 11/01/2010

         

The Running Dream by Wendelin van Draanen
Release Date: 11/01/2011

Warped by Maurissa Guibord
Release Date: 11/01/2010

          

All Just Glass by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Release Date: 11/01/2011

Timeless by Alexandra Monir
Release Date: 11/01/2011

          

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Release Date: 20/01/2011

Vesper by Jeff Sampson
Release Date: 25/01/2011

          

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
Release Date: 25/01/2011

Throat by RA Nelson
Release Date: 25/01/2011

          

Drought by Pam Bachorz
Release Date: 25/01/2011

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: 25/01/2011

         

Paranornormalcy by Kiersten White
Release Date: 06/01/2011

Afterlight by Elle Jasper 
Release Date: 27/01/2011

          

0.4 by Mike Lancaster 
Release Date: 03/01/2011

Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari
Release Date: 07/01/2011

         

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: 03/01/2011

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
Release Date: 06/01/2011

          

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: 01/01/2011

Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz
Release Date: 20/01/2011

          

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
Release Date: 20/01/2011

Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
Release Date: 20/01/2011

        

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Release Date: 01/01/2011

Wishful Thinking by Alexandra Bullen
Release Date: 01/01/2011

          

Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
Release Date: 04/01/2011

Night School by Mari Mancusi
Release Date: 04/01/2011

          

Stefan's Diaries: Bloodlust by LJ Smith
Release Date: 06/01/2011

Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Release Date: 25/01/2011

Hexbound (Dark Elite, #2)        

Hexbound by Chloe Neill
Release Date: 04/01/2011

Inside Out by Maria V Snyder
Release Date: 01/01/2011

Everlasting Life (Immortal Beloved, #1)

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
Release Date: 06/01/2011








Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...