Thursday, 31 March 2011

New Releases In April 2011

Here are all the awesome new books being released in April! :D If you have any you want me to add, leave it in the comments :D

Chime          The Lipstick Laws

Release Date: 4th April 2011

Release Date: 4th April 2011


On the Volcano          The Returning

Release Date: 14th April 2011

Release Date: 14th April 2011


Future Imperfect          Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Release Date: 26th April 2011

Release Date: 28th April 2011

Kat, Incorrigible (Kat, Incorrigible, #1)         City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

Release Date: 5th April 2011

Release Date: 7th April 2011

The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1)          The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)

Release Date: 7th April 2011

Release Date: 19th April 2011

Bumped          The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3)

Release Date: 26th April 2011

Release Date: 7th April 2011

Memento Nora (Memento Nora #1)          Between Shades of Gray

Release Date: 28th April 2011

Release Date: 7th April 2011

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair          Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2)

Release Date: 18th April 2011

Red Glove by Holly Black
Release Date: 5th April 2011

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Teaser Tuesday #18: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab you current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from anywhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!


Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)Summary from Goodreads: Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

My Teaser: As they made their way toward the airship, Deryn grumbled under her breath. It was one thing to give up her berth for a renowned boffin on a secret mission, but if some daft beastie name Tazza was going to take her place, the world had gone completely barking spiders.
~ page 155, "Leviathan" by Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan, book 1)

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Book Review: The Fledgling Handbook by PC Cast

The Fledgling Handbook 101Title: The Fledgling Handbook
Author: PC Cast
Series: House of Night Companion Novel
Pages: 157
Date of UK Publication: 26th October 2010
Source: Library
Synopsis from Goodreads: Merry meet, fledgling. I trust this guide will serve you well…. Every vampyre fledgling who arrives at the House of Night receives a copy of "The Fledgling Handbook 101", and now, fans can have one, too, with this gorgeous must-have edition. Inside you’ll find original stories, the complete vampyre history, inside info into rituals, vamp biology, and the Change, and much more.


My Thoughts:
I love the House of Night series. I love the story, the characters, the world that the Casts have created. I really wanted to love this. But unfortunately, I didn't.

It started off okay, with an introduction into the House of Night world and with the biology of vampyres and how your body changes, I thought that was pretty interesting, because it was so well thought out and it really shows that the author had really thought about the world she created in her books. So that was pretty cool, although becoming a vampyre sounds really creepy :L

Then it goes onto a Rituals section of the Handbook, and I read a few of the rituals, but I had to skim read most of them, because I got really bored. I don't like saying that, but I did. And that's really all I can say about that chapter...

Chapter three was called 'Nightkind Elementology' and that was okay, and I have decided that I would probably have an earth affinity if I was vampyre...

The rest of the book (apart from a little bit at the end) was about Vampyre History, and I skimmed that too... It didn't interest me, and I felt bad about skimming it and not giving it a proper chance, but I couldn't read it. I tried, but I couldn't.

At least it ended on a good note for me. I enjoyed reading the quotes from vampyres at the end, they were pretty cool, especially the one from William Shakespeare... (Don't worry, he wasn't actually a vampire...)
Overall though, I did't enjoy this book, and as much as I hate writing negative reviews, I felt I needed to share my honest opinion, which is this: I'm so glad I got it from the library! I'm sure House of Night fans will love it, but unfortunately, it just didn't do it for me. Sorry! I still love the HoN series though :D


My Rating:
I give it 2 Feet!

Challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #23

Saturday, 26 March 2011

In My Mailbox #10

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. All synopses are from Goodreads :D

FOR REVIEW


          


Die For Me by Amy Plum
(Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins!)

DIE FOR ME is the first of three books about Kate, a sixteen-year-old American who moves to Paris after the death of her parents. It introduces a new version of the undead with revenants, beings who are fated to sacrifice themselves over and over again to save others’ lives. Kate finds herself falling for Vincent, who she discovers is not the typical French teenager he appears: he is something else entirely.


This one sounds incredible. Sounds like a very promising start to a new series :D

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
(Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins!)

How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.



This one sounds awesome! I was so happy when I got this, doesn't it sound awesome? And the cover is possibly one of my favourite so far in 2011 :D

Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott
(Thanks to Simon & Schuster Galley Grab programme!)

Abby accepted that she can’t measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.

Until the accident.

Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby’s life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it's nothing compared to living without her.

She's got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but that she’d never seen.

Abby is about to find out that truth isn't always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could...



I've decided that I should mix up my reading a bit, and read some contemporary YA fiction, and have a little break from paranormal :L Here's the first of three galleys I got this week from Simon and Schuster.

Incredibly Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
(Thanks to Simon & Schuster Galley Grab programme!)

Get ready to start your own incredible, amazing life…right?
Alice McKinley is standing on the edge of something new—and half afraid she might fall off. Graduation is a big deal—that gauntlet of growing up that requires everyone she’s known since forever to make huge decisions that will fling them here and there and far from home. But what if Alice wants to be that little dandelion seed that doesn’t scatter? What if she doesn’t have the heart to fly off into the horizon on the next big breeze? And what if that starts to make her feel like staying close to home means she’s a little less incredible than her friends—and her boyfriend Patrick?

Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is be honest with yourself—and sometimes the most incredible thing you can do is sneak a little fun into all this soul-searching.


The second contemporary I got, I love the cover! It's not got a very good Goodreads rating though, so I thought I'd give it a try and see what I think :)

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
(Thanks to Simon & Schuster Galley Grab programme!)

Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive....

Not your typical beach read.


Another contemporary that I thought sounded quite good...

Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury
(Thanks to Simon & Schuster Galley Grab programme!)

Agnes Wilkins is standing in front of an Egyptian mummy, about to make the first cut into the wrappings, about to unlock ancient (and not-so-ancient) history.
Maybe you think this girl is wearing a pith helmet with antique dust swirling around her.

Maybe you think she is a young Egyptologist who has arrived in Cairo on camelback.

Maybe she would like to think that too. Agnes Wilkins dreams of adventures that reach beyond the garden walls, but reality for a seventeen-year-old debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels—or dust, even. No, Agnes can only see a mummy when she is wearing a new silk gown and standing on the verdant lawns of Lord Showalter’s estate, with chaperones fussing about and strolling sitar players straining to create an exotic “atmosphere” for the first party of the season. An unwrapping.

This is the start of it all, Agnes’s debut season, the pretty girl parade that offers only ever-shrinking options: home, husband, and high society. It’s also the start of something else, because the mummy Agnes unwraps isn’t just a mummy. It’s a host for a secret that could unravel a new destiny—unleashing mystery, an international intrigue, and possibly a curse in the bargain.

Get wrapped up in the adventure . . . but keep your wits about you, dear Agnes.



This one sounds pretty good, and I love that cover, it's so fun, yet slightly creepy :L







(Thanks to House of Lore Publishers!)

No sickness, No injuries, No pain, No limits.

If you had the power to heal, what would you do?

For fifteen-year-old Ada discovering that she can heal feels more like a curse than a gift. When she learns of the mystery surrounding her mother's disappearance, and sees the indifference of so-called friends, she sets out for Paris to find her.

The power to heal protects her, but also has her hunted by a man who sees her as nothing more than his fountain of youth. Ada realizes her true power is her will to survive, and that her only chance at freedom is to become the best at escaping.

Ada hasn't grown up in a house with a white picket fence. Instead she was cast off and absorbed into the foster care system, quickly putting up a shield of hostility. Always knowledgeable of the sicknesses of those around her and never getting hurt just seemed like facts of life. Finally on her last strike of trouble, an estranged aunt comes to the rescue, giving Ada the knowledge of how to use her healing power. Now Ada, who up to this point has shunned the world, all of the sudden has the power to heal it.

I really liked this book, and the artwork inside was incredible. You can read my review here


BOUGHT








The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker

Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)

Kate,
I'm here…
sort of.
Find Cameron.
He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell.
They'll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder...


I'm halfway through this now, it's so good! Absolutely love it, after who all, who doesn't love a main character with pink hair?!

Afterlife by Claudia Gray

Having become what they feared most, Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They must return to Evernight Academy, Lucas as a vampire and Bianca as a wraith. But Lucas is haunted by demons, both personal and supernatural. Bianca must help him fight the evil inside him, combat the forces determined to drive them apart—and find the power to claim her destiny at last.

Readers have fallen in love with Bianca and Lucas, and they will be thrilled to read this exciting conclusion to their romantic adventure.



I really can't wait to see how this series finishes! Hourglass finished on a huge cliffhanger, and I've been waiting to read this for such a long time! Should be awesome!

BORROWED






I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
(Thanks to my friend from school for letting me borrow this!)

In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.

The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.

I AM NUMBER FOUR is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.

I AM NUMBER FOUR.
I AM NEXT.



I'm quite excited to read this one, though it sounds pretty predictable. Must read it soon though, because I want to read it before I see the movie, which hopefully I'll get to see soon. Or I might just wait for the DVD :L

LIBRARY






Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.



I'm not really sure about how this one's going to be, but I loved the Uglies series, and it's dystopian, so I thought I'd give it a try.

House of Night: The Fledgling Handbook by PC Cast

Merry meet, fledgling. I trust this guide will serve you well…. Every vampyre fledgling who arrives at the House of Night receives a copy of "The Fledgling Handbook 101", and now, fans can have one, too, with this gorgeous must-have edition. Inside you’ll find original stories, the complete vampyre history, inside info into rituals, vamp biology, and the Change, and much more.

To be perfectly honest, I don't think this looks all that great, and while I love the series, I'm not really sure about this one.

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-

One good...

One evil...

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.

They just know they can't trust each other.



I've been waiting for this for a long time, and when I found it on the shelf, I had to get it! Looks awesome, I can't wait to get started! :D

That's what I got in my mailbox in the last 3 weeks or so, I didn't realise I'd got so much to read! :L What did you get? Leave a link in the comments! :D

Friday, 25 March 2011

Book Blogger Hop #21 and Follow Friday #16

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer at Crazy for Books and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee at Parajunkee's View. :D

Book Blogger Hop

If you could physically put yourself into a book or series... which one would it be and why? 

My answer: I would love to be in Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. I'd love to meet Evie, I think she'd be awesome, and I would also love to meet Lend and see how he looks in the flesh. I think that the Paranormalcy world was awesomely written, and I loved reading about it, so to visit it would be even better! 


Inspired by the inane Twitter trend of #100randomfactsaboutme, give us five book related silly facts about you.

My answer:
1. I try to keep my books in pristine condition. Yes, I'm one of those weirdos who refuse to crease the spine on my books.
2. All my books are in correct alphabetical order on my bookshelves. 
3. I have a bright pink Kindle case. 
4. I love my 'Mighty Bright Book Light' which was one of the most useful Christmas presents I have ever received.
5. When the sequel to a book I have on my bookshelf comes out, and it's available on Kindle, I still have to buy the print copy so that all of that series is in the same place. 

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

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #4: Divergent by Veronica Roth



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



This week, I'm waiting on: 


by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Synopsis from Goodreads: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. 

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Doesn't this book sound awesome? I absolutely love dystopians, as every single one is different, and this one sounds like no exception. I've also read so many glowing reviews, I don't think I can remember reading a bad one... And a Goodreads rating of 4.57?! Then it must be awesome :L I've preordered it, and the 3rd May cannot come quick enough!


Sunday, 20 March 2011

Random Acts of Kindness Wishlist


Vanessa and Isalys from Book Soulmates have created an awesome new programme, called the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK)! Do you want to do something nice for a fellow blogger? You might even get something back in return!

Rules:
• Sign up each month you'd like to participate in.

• Show off your participation! Grab one of the buttons available :)

• Create a wishlist and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
{Post on your blog, Amazon, where ever as long as there's a link to it.}

• If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wishlist and contact that blogger for their address.

• At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K!
Make a post saying 'Thank You' to whoever granted one of your wishes and share it with us :)

OPEN TO EVERYONE!
Lets's keep our International bloggers in mind and in our hearts.
Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!

Here is my wishlist! Feel free to leave a link to yours in the comments :D

Choker by Elizabeth Woods
Bunheads by Sophie Flack
Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Want To Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Ingenue by Jillian Larkin
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton
Unwind by Neal Schusterman
Past Perfect by Leila Sales
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
Hidden by Sophie Jordan
Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Slated by Teri Terry
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John
The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
One Seriously Messed-Up Week by Tom Clempson
Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

If you want to send me any of these books, in either print or e-book form (if it works on Kindle, so not EPUB please), that'd be amazing, and you can contact me here: cheezyfeetbooks@rocketmail.com

Don't you think this is an awesome idea? I can't wait to get started! :D

Book Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

NightshadeTitle: Nightshade
Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #1
Pages: 452
Date of UK Publications: 28th December 2010
Source: Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads:Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything--including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?


My Thoughts:
I've had Nightshade for a long time. Well, a few months, but still, it's been sitting on my shelf for a while. I was so excited to read it, but I hadn't got around to it, and I kept putting it off. Probably because of all the hype that was surrounding it a couple of months ago, I was hesitant to read it in case it didn't live up to my huge expectations.

But it's okay, it totally did live up to the hype. In every way. I read the whole thing in a day, all 452 pages of it. I loved every minute of reading it.

Calla Tor is a Guardian. She's known her whole life that she will become the female alpha of a new pack of Guardians, and she's always known that she will be mated to Ren, the male alpha of the new wolf pack. And she's never questioned it. Until she, perhaps stupidly, saved Shay from almost certain death. Now, she's torn between the boy she's known all her life she's going to end up with, and the boy she's only just met. And to make things worse, she's not even sure that everything that she's been told about her life can be trusted. What is she going to do?

The world and characters that Cremer has created are wonderful. The world is so detailed and thought out, that it's easy to imagine, though sometimes it is a little confusing. The characters were complex and seemed real despite the fact that they can shift into wolves at any time. I especially liked the way that all the positions in the pack were written, how it was obvious which rank each person was. If that makes sense.

My favourite character was Ren, so obviously, I'm Team Ren. I loved the way that he showed his love for Calla, the subtle way at the beginning and the more apparent at the end. Even though at times he seems to not care for her or even like her, you can see if you look a little deeper that he loves her so much, yet he doesn't know if Calla returns the feelings so he's afraid to show it. And he is SO sweet at the end, but I won't say anymore, in case I spoil it for you!

My only complaint was the ending. It felt rushed and a little bit like Cremer had got a little bored with the story... I don't know, I still enjoyed it, but it just didn't seem to fit with the rest of the book. Don't get me wrong, it was still awesome, just a little weird. Overall though, a fantastic debut novel from Andrea Cremer, and it's definitely worthy of my 5 Feet rating. :D


My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!



Challenges:
2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #17
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #22

Friday, 18 March 2011

Book Blogger Hop #20 and Follow Friday #15

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer at Crazy For Books and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee from Parajunkee's View. =]

Book Blogger Hop

Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once? 

My answer: I usually only have one book going at a time, but sometimes if I have a book that I have to read as a PDF on my laptop I'll read something else at the same time, so I can take it with me when I go out. But, if I have two books going at once, I get confused, and mix up characters and plot points, or read one a lot more than the other... It's much easier for me just to read one :L 



How did you come up with your blog name? 

My answer: Ever since I was little, my internet nickname has always been Cheezyfeet. So, it only seemed right that my blog would be called Cheezyfeet Books, because I'm Cheezyfeet and my blog is a book blog. =]
EDIT* It's not called Cheezyfeet because I have cheesy feet... I don't. Usually :L  

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

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Book Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither (Chemical Garden, #1)Title: Wither
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: Chemical Garden #1
Pages: 356
Date of Publications: 22nd March 2011
Source: Simon & Schuster Galley Grab
Synopsis from Goodreads: What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.



My Thoughts:
I loved this book. It is awesome. It is just so good. I loved it. I think everyone should read it. It's amazing.
Sorry, I had to get that off my chest. I needed to tell people how good it was without actually telling you anything about it, apart from the fact that it's awesome and I loved it. And that took me way longer than it should have, but there we go.

Wither is the debut novel from Lauren DeStefano, and an amazing one at that. It is a YA Dystopian, which is one of my favourite genres of all time. One of the best things about it is that every single dystopian book I have read is completely different, because the future could be absolutely anything. I love how authors can come up with completely new and impossible things, but because of the future setting, it makes complete sense and it seems pretty believable.

In DeStefano's future, every woman dies at the age of 20, and every man at the age of 25 (How unfair, I know ;P). Therefore, teenage girls are precious, and get carted off to become the wife of a wealthy male needing children to keep their family going. Rhine doesn't want to be a bride, but she has no choice, and like thousands of other girls, she is to become the first wife of a wealthy man, and her new husband is called Linden. Even though he's just lost his first wife who he loved, he quickly falls for Rhine, but all Rhine can think about is getting away from the sprawling mansion and return to her brother.

Lauren DeStefano is an amazing writer. The world she has created is so unique and clever, and written with just the right amount of everything needed to weave a good tale. The settings were weird and wonderful, the characters were people you could actually imagine.

While I loved Rhine, the secondary characters were extremely well written too. I especially loved Cecily, one of Rhine's sister wives. She's thirteen years old, and she goes through a huge transformation in the book. At the beginning she's just a child, happy and bubbly, and then... I won't tell you, I don't want to spoil it for you! And Linden is sweet and caring, and I couldn't help but feel sorry for him when all Rhine could think about was leaving...

Everything about this book was amazing. I loved every word on every page, and I was hooked right from the beginning. I don't think there is anything about it that I didn't like. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me panic and it made me smile. I cannot recommend this enough, it was just so awesome. I can't wait to read the sequel if there is one, and if there isn't, I will definitely look out for anything else written by this incredible debut author.

My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!




Challenges:
2011 Debut Author Challenge #7
2011 e-Book Challenge #7
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #19

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Teaser Tuesday #17: Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: 


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB ofShould Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Kat, Incorrigible (Kat, Incorrigible, #1)
Goodreads.com summary: Twelve-year-old Kat Stephenson may be the despair of her social-climbing Step-Mama, but she was born to be a magical Guardian and protector of Society--if she can ever find true acceptance in the secret Order that expelled her own mother. She’s ready to turn the hidebound Order of the Guardians inside-out, whether the older members like it or not. And in a society where magic is the greatest scandal of all, Kat is determined to use all her powers to help her three older siblings--saintly Elissa, practicing-witch Angeline, and hopelessly foolish Charles--find their own true loves, even if she has to turn highwayman, battle wild magic, and confront real ghosts along the way!



My teaser: 
     '"Of course I had to come," Lady Fotherington purred. "How could I stay away from such a gathering? Especially with so many charming gentlemen among your company?"
     Well that proved it wasn't me, at least. I would never say anything so disgusting, no matter how many spells had been placed upon me. 
     Unfortunately, that left me with only one conclusion: Lady Fotherington really was standing right below me.' - page 176

Monday, 14 March 2011

Book Review: Outside In by Maria V. Snyder

Outside In (Inside Out, #2)Title: Outside In
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Inside Out #2
Pages: 328
Date of UK Publications: 18th March 2011
Source: NetGalley
Synopsis from Goodreads: Me? A Leader? Okay, I did prove that there's more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion - between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we're free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again - while still touching base with Riley, of course. He's the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there's outside and then there is Outside. And something from Outside wants In.


My Thoughts:
Outside In is the second book in the Inside Out series by Maria V. Snyder. I absolutely loved Inside Out, it was awesome. And, I didn't think it was possible, but Outside In was even better.

Outside In begins with a recap of everything that happened in the previous book. It was awesome, as sometimes I know that I'll be reading a sequel and I'll have forgotten what happened at the end of the last book. So, it reminded me, and, had I not read the first one, I would still have understood what was going on. Inside is still written in the amazingly detailed way as it was in the first book, and once I started reading, once again I was sucked into Trella's world and couldn't stop reading about her new adventure.

Trella is still the same determined, stubborn and loveable character that she always been. Now that she has imprisoned all the Travas that were badly running Inside, she thought that Inside was safe and free, with scrubs and uppers mingling and becoming equal, rather than having a hierarchy. But there's more work to be done, as the scrubs and uppers are still divided and complaining that their world is worse. And, to really make it worse, it seems there is something on the Outside who want to take over Inside. Trella will do everything she can to save Inside, whatever it takes.

The plot is very good. There were twists and turns the whole way through, and I very rarely saw any of them coming. The book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading, and when I wasn't I was thinking about what was going to happen next and how Trella was going to get out of the many tricky situations that she kept finding herself in.

I really love this series. I'm not sure if there will be another one, but by the ending I'm thinking there won't be, but if there is, I'll be sure to read it as soon as I possibly can. The Inside Out series is one that I think fans of YA or dystopian novels should definitely read, and I can assure you that it is not one to miss.


My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!



Challenges:
2011 e-Book Challenge #4
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #16

THANK YOU very much to Harlequin and NetGalley for providing me access to a copy of this galley for review!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Book of the Week #22: Boys That Bite by Mari Mancusi

I'm actually posting on a Sunday this week! This must be the first time in ages :L That's an achievement for me ;D

Boys That Bite
by Mari Mancusi


Title: Boys That Bite
Author: Mari Mancusi
Publication Date: April 4th 2006
When I Read It: August 2010
Synopsis: Technically Sunshine can't get killed-because she's immortal. Well, not quite yet. Due to the worst case of mistaken identity with her dark-side-loving twin sister at a Goth club called Club Fang, Magnus, a vampire hottie, went for Sunshine's innocent neck. Now if she doesn't reverse it in time, Magnus will be her blood mate forever and she's doomed to be a blood-gulping, pasty, daylight-hating vampire. That would seriously bite.

And now, after the unfortunate slaying of the vampire leader, Sunshine, her sister Rayne, and Magnus must find the one thing that can solve her problem: the Holy Grail. They wish it were a joke but it's not. It's absolutely necessary that Sunshine gets out of this in time, because somehow she scored the hottest prom date in her school, the mouth-watering Jake Wilder. So she just can't be a vampire for the prom-let alone the rest of eternity.

Recommended if: You love vampires, or need a quick, fun read.
Ages: 13+
Why I Loved It: Because Mancusi's writing style is so fun and readable, and the plots are so crazy and unbelievable, yet they're still awesome!
My Review: http://cheezyfeetbooks.blogspot.com/2010/08/boys-that-bite-mari-mancusi.html

Friday, 11 March 2011

Book Review: Ada Legend of a Healer by RA McDonald

Ada Legend of a HealerTitle: Ada Legend of a Healer
Author: RA McDonald
Series: Ada's Legend #1
Pages: 250
Date of UK Publication: January 1st 2011
Source: Recieved for free from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis from Goodreads: No sickness, No injuries, No pain, No limits.

If you had the power to heal, what would you do?

For fifteen-year-old Ada discovering that she can heal feels more like a curse than a gift. When she learns of the mystery surrounding her mother's disappearance, and sees the indifference of so-called friends, she sets out for Paris to find her.

The power to heal protects her, but also has her hunted by a man who sees her as nothing more than his fountain of youth. Ada realizes her true power is her will to survive, and that her only chance at freedom is to become the best at escaping.

Ada hasn't grown up in a house with a white picket fence. Instead she was cast off and absorbed into the foster care system, quickly putting up a shield of hostility. Always knowledgeable of the sicknesses of those around her and never getting hurt just seemed like facts of life. Finally on her last strike of trouble, an estranged aunt comes to the rescue, giving Ada the knowledge of how to use her healing power. Now Ada, who up to this point has shunned the world, all of the sudden has the power to heal it.


*Include MINOR spoilers... But they're only really little. ;P*
My Thoughts: I didn't really know what to expect from this novel. I expected from the cover for it to be quite dark and gothic, but actually, while reading, I didn't think it was at all really. (And talking of the cover, I'd just like to say how awesome the pictures in the book were! And I also loved how throughout the book, every chapter and picture was framed with butterflies...)

Anyway, Ada was pretty good. I enjoyed reading it. The plot was good, and it kept me reading. I liked the characters too, though some of them could have been fleshed out a little more, to make them seem more real.

Ada was a good main character, and her healing power was an interesting one. I've never read anything about a healer, so when I started reading I wasn't really sure what to expect. One thing that did bug me a little though, was how she went around healing people everywhere. I would have thought that she would at least be a little more secretive about it, even if it was just to keep some mystery in the story.

My favourite character though has to be Madame Jardin. I loved how she was so kind and caring towards Ada, even though she didn't know her at all. She was caring and sweet, and I couldn't help but love her, even though it was kind of obvious that things were probably not going to work out. She was awesome.
While I did enjoy it, there were small things about the story that I annoyed me. There were so many grammatical mistakes throughout the whole book. I know a missing question mark or a random capital letter added shouldn't make a difference to my reading experience, but it really did annoy me that while I was reading I would stop to point out in my head a mistake. Also, a lot of things happened so quickly, I was confused and had to read back over the last few paragraphs, so I could understand what was going on. And lastly, it was very predictable, and I could see all the twists coming about 50 pages before they happened.

Overall though, I did enjoy Ada Legend of a Healer and I would recommend it to readers who are a fan of YA paranormal, or who like something a little bit different. And, if you can look over grammatical errors and rushed plot points, even better. =]


My Rating:
I give it 4 Feet!


Challenges:
2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #15
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #20


THANK YOU very much to HOUSE OF LORE PUBLISHING for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. In no way has this affected my opinion of the book.

Book Blogger Hop #19 and Follow Friday #14

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer at Crazy For Books, and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee from Parajunkee's View.

Book Blogger Hop

If I gave you £50 (or $80) and sent you into a bookshop right now, what would be in your basket when you finally staggered to the till? 

My answer: This is such a cool question... And I wish it was real :L I would buy: 

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz
Raising Demons by Rachel Hawkins
The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)     Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)     Bloody Valentine: A Blue Bloods Novella     Raising Demons (Hex Hall, #2)     The Liar Society (The Liar Society, #1)     Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1)     The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)     Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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Who are You the Boy/Girl, instead of You the Blogger? 

My answer: It took me a while to work out what this question meant... I think I know now :L I'm Bella the Girl. I am 14 and I live in the UK. I play flute and piano, and I watch Gossip Girl, 90210 and The Vampire Diaries. I am a massive fan of P!nk, she is my favourite singer of all time, and I know all the lyrics to all of her songs... :D My main hobby is reading, though I life crafts too, especially Aranzi Aronzo who has written books about how to make all sorts of cute felt toys. =] And lastly, I have an obsession with shoes, and I just got my first pair of heels! :D :D :D 


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