Saturday, 30 April 2011

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

DivergentTitle: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Pages: 487
Date of UK Publications: 3rd May 2011
Source: Bought
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.



My Thoughts:
I loved Divergent. It was literally one of my favourite books ever, and is definitely the best book I have read this year. It's better than City of Fallen Angels, and it's better than Delirium. It's amazing, epic, awesome. I loved it.

Tris has lived her whole life in the Abnegation faction. She's meant to be selfless, but sometimes she feels that she's not. In Tris's world, when you are sixteen, you choose a faction. And when it comes to Tris's choice, she does the unexpected. Her new life will lead her to new heights, literally. She'll face things she never dreamed of facing before, and things will get tough. But she can do it, if the faction she has chosen is really where she belongs.

I loved Tris. She was strong, independent, and determined to win. It's really hard not to say which faction she chose, but I'm going to try, though you may be able to guess...

At the beginning of the book, Tris is a selfless member of Abnegation, a person who will always put others before herself. It sounds like a very boring lifestyle, their clothes, their furniture, their houses, everything about them is grey and boring. But by the end of the book, she is a completely different person. She has a new name, a new faction, and a new boyfriend. She grows so much, and I don't know how she does it. If I had faced some of the things she had to go through, I would never have made it. Never. She's awesome.

I also loved Four. He was so sweet to Tris, and looked after her when she needed him. He saved her from many things, including almost getting killed. He followed her when she was scared, and was there for her all the time. He was awesome, but I have to say, I didn't like his real name. Four is much better. Just saying. :)

The plot was full of twists and turns, and was completely unpredictable. Everything surprised me, and I saw absolutely none of it coming. I literally had no idea. I was glued to the pages, needing to know how Tris coped with some of the things that happened, and needing to find out what would happen next.

Divergent is an incredible debut novel from Veronica Roth. It is so good, and I recommend it to everybody. It's been compared to The Hunger Games, and it might even be better. And that's coming from me, and I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games. Honestly, buy this book. You will not be disappointed.


My Rating:
I give it 5 feet!



Challenges:
2011 Debut Author Challenge #12
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #36

Friday, 29 April 2011

Book Blogger Hop #26, Follow #21 and TGIF #2

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer from Crazy for Books.

Book Blogger Hop

Summer is coming quickly - what 2011 summer release are most looking forward to? 

My answer: Oh, I have no idea, there are a few... I'm really looking forward to Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, that looks awesome, and I can't wait to return to the world of Rose and Dimitri, even though they probably won't be in it much, if at all :( 

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee from Parajunkee's View. 




Keeping with the dystopian and apocalypse theme that seems to be running rampant on parajunkee.com, I have one very hard question for you: If you were stocking your bomb shelter, what books would you HAVE to include if you only had space for ten?

My answer: Oh my word, this question is HARD! I would take:

Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (all three books)
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (all three books)
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I think maybe that is what I would take. I have no idea though, I hope never to be in that situation! :L 

TGIF is hosted by Ginger from GReads!


Stand Alone vs. Series: What's your stance? 

My answer: I love series. I love how when I finish one book in a series, I know that the story will be continued in another book, and that I will get to return to the world and the characters that the author has written. Although, sometimes with series, such as the House of Night series by PC and Kristin Cast, if they are long they can drag on a bit, and sometimes when reading you get the feeling that they are not written for the readers anymore, they are written for the money. They are still good, but not as good as they once were. I do enjoy standalones though, I like that once I've read one, I don't have to wait at a cliffhanger, or wait for another book, I can just finish it, and be happy with it :)

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


Thursday, 28 April 2011

Book Review: Die For Me by Amy Plum

Die for Me (Revenants, #1)Title: Die For Me
Author: Amy Plum
Series: Revenants #1
Pages: 352
Date of UK Publications: 5th May 2011
Source: NetGalley
Synopsis from Goodreads: My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.

Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.

Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.

While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love?



My Thoughts:
First off, I need to gush about the cover. It's gorgeous! I love the pink/red background, and her dress and hair... I love the swirly bits around the title and the tagline. I just love everything about it.

Kate's parents have died, and now she and her sister have to move in with their grandparents in Paris. I don't really have any idea how she feels, I have no idea what I would do if both my parents died... She's broken, and she doesn't know how she's ever going to feel any better, but then she meets Vincent, and she quickly falls for him.

I loved Kate, she was a very sensible main character. I loved how even though times for her were tough, and even though she did live in hole for some of the book, she managed to recognize the good things in her life and move on, and I admire her strength. She even made some very difficult decisions, ones that even though she wasn't happy about them, she knew they were for her own good, and it was awesome of her. Even if they did make her extremely miserable.

And Vincent. He's cool, but I like Jules. He's funny, and sarcastic... I like him better, but think that Vincent is a better match for Kate. That's all I'm going to say. ;P

The plot was fast paced and unpredictable. A night out may be lovely, or may turn into hell. People aren't who you think they are. I enjoyed every page, and I couldn't stop reading. I read the last half in one sitting, I literally couldn't put it down.

I really enjoyed Die For Me. It's an awesome debut novel from Amy Plum, and I can't wait for anything else she writes, and I'm definitely super excited for the sequel. So, readers, add Die For Me to your wishlist, and you can buy it on May 5th! :D

My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!




Challenges:
2011 Debut Author Challenge #11
2011 e-Book Challenge #10
2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #21
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #31

Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins for giving me free access to this galley in exchange for an honest review! In no way has this affected my opinion of the book. 

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Teaser Tuesday #21: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading :)

  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! JAMM

The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)Synopsis from Goodreads: In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her.

My teaser: 'Something drew his gaze. A young woman in a splendid feather costume that made her look like the most exotic bird. His heart gave one tight thump against his ribs as he recognized her. His sense had found her even when he hadn't been looking.' ~ 'The Girl in the Steel Corset' by Kady Cross (Steampunk Chronicles, book 1)

I don't really know what to think about this book at the moment. I really want to love it, it sounded so good, but the beginning was really slow, and now that I'm half way through, it's getting better, but still not quite as good as I expected. It only seems to be me though, most other people loved it! :)

Monday, 25 April 2011

Book Review: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Sky Is EverywhereTitle: The Sky Is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson
Series: Standalone
Pages: 368
Date of UK Publications: June 7th 2010
Source: Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey
dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.



My Thoughts:
This book was weird. I don't know why I thought it was so weird, but I did. It was really good though, just a little odd.

It's very sad. It deals with death and everything that comes after, the feelings of abandonment and grief, broken friendships, and broken hearts. Lennie is distraught after the death of her sister, and she doesn't know how she can make it better. She doesn't know how she, or anyone around her, can carry on living when her sister is nineteen years old, buried in a box in the ground, never to live again.

Sometimes, it was hard for me to understand what was going on in Lennie's head, and I found it hard to relate to her, but only because I have never been in that situation. But, even though I couldn't really relate to her, I still felt all her emotions as if they were my own. And slowly she did begin to rebuild her life - only to have it all stolen away again.

The plot was well thought out, and though it was rather predictable, and it's easy to tell what was going to happen, I was still a little surprised how the consequences played out. I knew something bad was going to happen, and I knew it would break Lennie, and I kind of knew that she would make it better, but I had no idea how that was going to happen until I read it and found out. I won't tell you what she did, but I will tell you this: It is SO sweet! :)

One of the things in the book that stood out for me are the poems. At beginning or end of every chapter there is a picture of a scrap or paper, a tree branch, a notebook page, a paper cup, and on it is scrawled a poem, or a conversation, written in Lennie's handwriting. They are so sweet, and they really add to the book and make it special. I don't know if they are in the US version, but they are in the UK hardback and it really is worth getting, if you want a little bit extra added to the story.

The Sky Is Everywhere is a sad story with a happy ending. It's such a good book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will definitely be reading anything else that Jandy Nelson writes. I really recommend it, I know a lot of people have already read and loved, and if you haven't you must, because it really is a must read.


My Rating:
I give it 4 Feet!


Challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #35

Sunday, 24 April 2011

In My Mailbox #13

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. :)

Bought


The Sky Is Everywhere  Thirteen Reasons Why  LOOKING FOR ALASKA


The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
This one is so cool, it has pictures! :) Really excited about it, reading it now!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This one looks so sad! Sounds amazing though... 

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Again, this looks awesome :) I can't wait, apparently it's John Green's best book :)

What did you get in your mailboxes this week?

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Book Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty
Author: Jenny Han
Series: Summer #1
Pages: 276
Date of UK Publications: June 3rd 2010
Source: Borrowed from school friend.
Synopsis from Goodreads: Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.


My Thoughts:
I never ever read books like these. 'Girl books' my brother calls them. Proper girly books, beach reads, summer romances. They'd never really appealed to me, but then I came across all the hype that was surrounding this one. At first I didn't want to read it, but then when it popped up again a couple of months later, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I borrowed it from my friend and was done with it a day or two later.

I loved it. It was completely different to what I expected, but also in a way, exactly what I expected. I thought it was going to be a fun, sweet story, and it was exactly that. I didn't expect to love it nearly as much as I did though.

Belly was awesome. I love her name too! I get called Belly sometimes too, but it REALLY gets on my nerves. I hate it when people call me that, but it was cool and fun for Belly in the book. I loved her character. She was nice and funny, and I know what she means when she says she wishes the boys would stop treating her like a child. My brothers do that. And one of them is younger! Anyway, I could relate to her that way, which made her even better.

I loved the boys. I could not, and still cannot decide which one I like better. Conrad is stubborn, private and a little bit of a jerk at times. Jeremiah is sweet and caring, and even though he treats Belly like a child at times, it's still clear he cares for her and might even be a little bit in love with her. A little bit. ;)
And I felt so sorry for Cam! It was so obvious that he didn't have a chance, and I was screaming at Belly in my head to let him go. There was never going to be anything serious between them, and the way she made it seem like she liked him and that he had a chance was just cruel. But it made for a better story, so... ;P

The Summer I Turned Pretty is an awesome book. It's short and sweet, and just what I needed. It's even better when you can read it while lying in the sun, just like Belly does in the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I cannot wait until I can get the second book, It's Not Summer Without You, as I'm pretty sure it will be just as good, and maybe it will help me decide once and for all whether I like Conrad or Jeremiah better :)


My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!

I think this one deserves 5 Feet because I wasn't expecting to like it nearly as much as I did! I recommend it to EVERYONE :) 

Challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #34

Friday, 22 April 2011

Book Blogger Hop #25, Follow Friday #20 and TGIF #1

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer from Crazy For Book and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee from Parajunkee's View. :)

Book Blogger Hop

If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?

My answer: Usually, but I'll only read them if they are young adult. So, for example, I absolutely adored the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, but all her other series are adult, so I'm not going to read them. I might in the future, but not just yet. But, if they have another YA series, then I'll definitely check it out! :)


What is on your current playlist right now?

My answer: I don't really have a playlist... I have my 'Starred' list on Spotify, and that is made up of so many different songs... At the moment I'm obsessed with 'The House That Built Me' by Miranda Lambert, 'Say You Don't Want It' by One Night Only and 'Love Song' by Sara Bareilles. But, seeing as I don't have any of those on my iPod, I mostly just listen to anything by P!nk, Taylor Swift, or KT Tunstall. 

This week, I'm also going to participate in TGIF which is hosted by Ginger from G Reads! 


Explicit material:
How do you feel about explicit language and/or sexual content in YA books?

My answer: I think this is a big problem for some people. Personally, I don't mind if there are the occasional swear words or kisses in books, but if it's all the time, then it gets a bit tiresome, and I don't want to read it anymore. I think swearing should be used infrequently, and only to emphasise something, so when it is used all the time, then it loses its meaning and effect, so there is no longer any point to it. And then, with sexual content, I think it's fine, as long as it's not too graphic. For example, if two characters are kissing, and then they decide to go further, in YA fiction, it shouldn't be described, it should just, sort of, be said. But I agree with what Ginger said, if it's too much for someone, they are completely allowed to put down the book and read something they think is more suitable, there is no reason why authors shouldn't be allowed to write that kind of content if they want to. 

What's happened this week at Cheezyfeet Books:
Memes: 

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Book Review: Insight by Jamie Magee

InsightTitle: Insight
Author: Jamie Magee
Series: Insight #1
Pages: 314
Date of UK Publications: July 20th 2010
Source: Received free for a blog tour/event
Synopsis from Goodreads: Before that fateful summer night, Willow had balanced the insight of emotion, and the vivid images. That night, the figure in her nightmare marked her wrist with a star, giving her father no choice but to tell Willow a family secret that would abruptly change life, as she knew it, forever. Before Willow had time to absorb the shock of her father's secret, her soul mate that had shared every stunning dream with her, found her, and darkness captured her closest friends. In order to save them, she must weave through broken myths and the undeniable power of the Zodiac. In the end, Willow discovers that at the moment of our birth we are all given a divine gift.


My Thoughts:
Insight was a good book. The plot was well thought out, and the characters were complex and real. It was a strong debut novel, and I liked it.

Willow is living with a secret in the small (?) town of Franklin. (I don't if it's small, or if it's even a real place...) She has the insight of emotions, so she can feel people's emotions and sometimes she can even change them. She thinks she's weird, and a freak. So when she finds out that she's completely normal and that she's not even from this world, she feels a little better. And then her life changes completely.
I liked Willow, she was a good narrator. I liked how she was kind and funny, and I adored how much she loved and cared for her little sister Libby, it was so sweet! And I liked Landen too, Willow's blue-eyed boy was very cool ;)

As I said before, the plot was well thought out and lots happened. Sometimes it felt rushed though, especially one time, when Willow and Landen were in one dimension in a large crowd, and then suddenly they were back through the 'strings' and were back to their house, and there didn't seem to be anything in between, and it just felt very rushed. Talking of the strings, I think they were awesome. The idea was great, they are like pathways between the worlds, and I just think that that idea was awesome. And then the way that Jamie wrote them, was really really good. :)

Overall though, I thought it was a very good debut novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you can overlook the rushed plot lines and quite frequent typos (which may just have been because I read a Mobi book on my Kindle, and it was formatted weird in places) then I think you'd enjoy it. If you're looking for a quick, fun read, Insight is definitely for you.

My Thoughts Throughout The Book:
These are the thoughts I wrote in the update box when you update your status on Goodreads:

21%: "It's really good! :D I can't wait to see what happens next, and what happens with her 'blue-eyed      boy'..."
39% "It's a little confusing at times, but it's still awesome :D And her 'blue-eyed boy' has a name!"
49% "Almost half way through, and I'm loving Landen :D Still a little confused though :L"
67% "It's so good! The formatting's gone a bit weird in some places though..."
81% "It's getting exciting... :D"
91% "Nearly done! It's a bit rushed in places, they're all in one place, and then suddenly they've gone through the strings and are back home, without much in between... Still good though :D"

My Rating:
I give it 4 Feet!

Challenges:
2011 e-Book Challenge #11
2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #22
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #33

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium #1)Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #1
Pages: 393
Date of UK Publication: 18th February 2011
Source: library
Synopsis from Goodreads: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.



My Thoughts:
By now, I'm sure you've all figured out that I'm a sucker for anything that is described as dystopian. So when I realised that this was dystopian, I needed to read it. I reserved it at my library, and waited for the email to come saying that they had it waiting for me. When it came, I did a little happy dance. I'm not going to lie. :P

So I started reading. And I didn't stop for the first 150 pages. My brother was playing Call of Duty on the Xbox, my parents were listening to Planet Rock on the radio, and my other brother was playing his guitar with the amp turned up really loud, but I didn't get distracted like I normally would have done, especially if I was reading for as long as I did.

I love Lauren Oliver's writing style. I hadn't read anything by her before, so I didn't really know what to expect. I enjoyed reading about a new world where love is cured, though I imagine I could never live somewhere as crazy as that. I knew they were cured of love, so they couldn't fall in love and get married like we do, but I never really thought about how it would affect the relationships people have with each other, such as friends and family. Imagine if a mother was cured of love, and didn't love her children? Or if when you meet a friend and go out, you can't hug when you say hello or goodbye, because those feelings have been cured? It would be awful.

I loved Lena. She was level-headed and sensible for the first half of the book or so, and then slowly, love eats its way into her brain, and 'infects' her. It was that moment when she became normal, and more interesting. In the first half of the book, she was a goody two shoes, and if I'm honest, pretty boring, though that didn't stop me reading about her. And then, all of sudden, there she is, a completely new person: happy, daring, and in love. :D

Delirium was a really good novel, certainly one of the best dystopians I've read. I love the whole idea of the world they live in, and I loved the characters, they were all written so well, and seemed completely real. If you're looking for something to read, I really recommend you choose this, because it is just so good. You'll enjoy it, whether you like dystopians or not.

My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!


Challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #32

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Teaser Tuesday #20: Insight by Jamie Magee

  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! 

InsightSynopsis from Goodreads: Before that fateful summer night, Willow had balanced the insight of emotion, and the vivid images. That night, the figure in her nightmare marked her wrist with a star, giving her father no choice but to tell Willow a family secret that would abruptly change life, as she knew it, forever. Before Willow had time to absorb the shock of her father's secret, her soul mate that had shared every stunning dream with her, found her, and darkness captured her closest friends. In order to save them, she must weave through broken myths and the undeniable power of the Zodiac. In the end, Willow discovers that at the moment of our birth we are all given a divine gift.

My Teaser: 
   '"Do you know what my tattoo means?" I asked Landen. 
   He smiled. "'Eternal life,' I remeber when you got it; I thought you were trying to tell me something," he said, tracing the cross while avoiding the star in the loop. 
   "I think I was trying to tell myself something - that I'd find you in this life or the next," I said, looking up at him and smiling shyly.
   Landen kissed my lips softly. "I always knew I'd find you," he whispered. ~ Location 3850 of 5474 ('Insight' by Jamie Magee, book 1)

Monday, 18 April 2011

Book Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1)Title: The Gathering
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkness Rising #1
Pages: 359
Date of UK Publication: April 7th 2011
Source: Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads: Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy—her paw-print birthmark.



My Thoughts:
I love Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers series. I annoyed my friends about it for weeks, until one of them finally read it so that I would shut up. She loved it too, and we've been eagerly awaiting The Gathering ever since, and let me tell you, it didn't disappoint.

In fact, I loved The Gathering more than The Summoning. Maybe it was the setting, maybe it was the characters, I don't know, this one just seemed BETTER. Not saying that The Summoning was bad, this one was just AMAZING.

First though, I'm just going to say on thing about the ending. (Don't worry, it's NOT a spoiler :P) It's a very abrupt ending. The book just kind of stops. As if someone had taken a pair of scissors and cut off the last chapter/epilogue, and nobody noticed... I don't know, maybe you didn't feel that way, but to me, it didn't feel finished. I need closure at the end of my books...

The characters in this book were awesome. They were complex and interesting, and they felt real. I loved Maya. Maybe a little bit more than I loved Chloe, from Darkest Powers, but I'm not sure... I loved the way she was so caring about the wildlife and the animals around her, and the way she seemed normal. For the first half of the book, it was as if this wasn't a paranormal story, it was just a regular contemporary. And I liked that. I had no idea what she was, and even when she was accused of being something, I didn't even know what that was, so I was in just as much mystery as she was.

And then there's Rafe and Daniel. I loved Daniel, he was so sweet and caring, and even though Maya is not romantically interested in him, I think they would be a perfect couple. But no, Maya seems to be more interested in Rafe, the new 'resident bad boy' in town. And yeah, he's cool and hot and good boyfriend material, but I'm on Team Daniel. :D

Overall, I really enjoyed The Gathering, more than The Summoning. I think it was probably because it was in a happier setting, outside in the forest, rather than cooped up in a foster home. It is really good, and if you've never read anything by Kelley Armstrong, you're seriously missing out! You should definitely read The Gathering and The Summoning, though I couldn't tell you about her Women of the Otherworld series because I haven't read them, but I've only heard amazing things, so please, if you haven't read anything by this amazing author, you should! :D

My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!


Challenges:
2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #20
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #30

Sunday, 17 April 2011

In My Mailbox #12

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren :D

Bought

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide    Flawless (Pretty Little Liars, #2)  Unbelievable (Pretty Little Liars, #4)  Clarity (Clarity, #1)

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide by Stephenie Meyer
I was telling myself I didn't want it, because I have moved on from obsessing over Twilight. And I have, but I couldn't stop lying to myself any longer. I REALLY WANTED THIS BOOK :D

Pretty Little Liars, Flawless and Unbelievable by Sara Shepard
I got these in a 3 for £5 deal in The Works, and I thought that was pretty good. I really want to watch the TV series, but I never did, so I thought I'd get the books and read them first. They only had books 1, 2, and 4 though, so I need to order book 3 :L

Clarity by Kim Harrington
I'm super excited to read this one, I've only heard good things about it. Also, that cover is gorgeous, and it looks even better on my bookshelf. ;)

Library

Origins (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries, #1)    Guardian of the Gate (Prophecy of the Sisters, #2)  Revolution

The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #1: Origins by LJ Smith
I have tried to read The Vampire Diaries more than once, but I just can't. I love the TV programme, it's awesome, so I keep trying to read the books because apparently they are better. But I can't, so I thought maybe Stefan's Diaries, would be better/readable :D

Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink
Finished Prophecy of the Sisters last week, it was so good! Hoping this sequel will be just as awesome.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
I'm so excited for this one! I almost bought it a while back but I didn't, and now I can't wait to read it! Sounds awesome, half historical fiction, half not - how could you not think that was awesome? :L

Gifted

Wake Unto Me

Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach
Thanks to Savannah from Books With Bite for this! She was kindly giving them away to bloggers to help the author, so thanks very much, it looks awesome :D


What did you get in your mailboxes this week? Leave a link in the comments!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I StayTitle: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #1
Pages: 210
Date of UK Publications: May 7th 2009
Source: Library
Synopsis from Goodreads: In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeenyear- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.



My Thoughts:
I have literally just finished this amazing book, and I don't know what to say. Before I read it, I'd heard so much awesome about it, and I decided to try it out for myself. Now, I totally get it. It's an amazing book.
It's a very depressing subject. I didn't realise when I started reading, I didn't have a clue that was going to be a car accident. I really had no idea what the book was about, I only read it because of all the hype. (Yes, I know, that's not good :L) But I'm seriously glad I did.

It's not a long story, at only 210 pages, but yet, so much happens in such a short amount of time. I loved the way that Gayle almost interwove two different stories at the same time. There was Mia talking about life (or 'not-life') after the accident, and Mia talking about her life from before the accident. She was a very powerful main character, and everything she says makes you think.

She talks about falling in love, and deciding whether or not to sacrifice one thing she loves for another. I couldn't help but hope she gets through the accident, if only because I wanted her to live for Adam.
Speaking of, I loved Adam. He was sweet, and obviously so in love with Mia. I also enjoyed the fact that there was no love triangle in the book, it was just Mia and Adam. It's becoming a rarity in young adult fiction, so it's nice not to have one for a change.

If I Stay is an amazing novel. It will literally stay with you for a long time after you've turned the last page, and I really recommend it to everyone. Whether you love contemporary novels, or like me, you want to read something different, then go on and read this. You will not be disappointed. :D

My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!


Challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #29

Friday, 15 April 2011

Follow Friday #19

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee from Parajunkee's View. :D


This week's question:

Do you have anyone that you can discuss books with IRL? Tell us about him/her.

My answer: Well, I can 'discuss' books with my parents, but it's not really a discussion, it's more of a me-talking-at-him-because-he's-not-really-listening because he doesn't understand my excitement. He just doesn't understand my obsession with pretty covers... :L But I can discuss books with my friend at school, and we do have proper conversations about books (mainly The Mortal Instruments and The Body Finder), but a lot of the time the conversation revolves around me recommending her books. Our typical conversation:

Her: Do you have any recs?
Me: Yeah, what do you want?
Her: Something good.
Me: Helpful. Genre?
Her: ... Something paranormal.
Me: OK... (Again, not very helpful :L) How about ____ (<--Insert book there)

Next day


Her: I ordered/downloaded on my Kindle that book you said.
Me: And?...
Her: I LOVED IT, IT WAS AMAZING, AND _____ (insert boy's name here) IS MINE!

Alternate next day


Her: I ordered/downloaded on my Kindle that book you said.
Me: And?...
Her: It was awful.
Me: Oh. 

So, we do talk about books, but the main place I talk about books to people with is on the internet, mostly on Twitter, or on Goodreads :D 

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer from Crazy For Books.

Book Blogger Hop

Pick a character from a book you are currently reading and tell us about him/her. 

My answer: I'm currently reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver, and the main character is called Lena. In Delirium, love is a disease, and when everybody reaches 18, they get the cure, and they no longer are able to fall in love. Lena can't wait to be cured, as her mother killed herself when they tried to cure her three times, and Lena was always told that it was because of love, so she can't wait to be cured so she will never have to suffer through what her mum did. But then, as her cure is looming, she begins to be a little less shy, and she does things she shouldn't, like breaking the nine o'clock curfew, and talking to boys. And in a world where love is cured and is seen as a disease, I think we can all guess what happens... :D 

Feel free to leave a link to your FF or BBH in the comments! :D 

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Book Review: Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters, #1)Title: Prophecy of the Sisters
Author: Michelle Zink
Series: Prophecy of the Sisters #1
Pages: 343
Date of UK Publications: August 1st 2009
Source: Library
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.



My Thoughts:
I've been wanting to read this for a while, but never got around to buying it. I'd heard mixed things about it, and I came to to the conclusion that it's a marmite novel. You either love it, or you hate it. Luckily, I loved it :D

The characters in The Prophecy of the Sisters are real and believable. Twin sisters Lia and Alice live in the Victorian era, and they really seem like people you would find if you travelled back in time. Their interactions with each other really showed their sisterly love, especially when, even though they were on opposite sides of the Prophecy, they still shared their love, and made sure the other was as okay as they could be. It was so sweet.

And then of course, their little brother Henry was the cutest! Aww, he's ten, and he's in a wheelchair, and all I wanted to do was give him a big hug.

The plot was well thought out and well paced. It moved very fast in some places, but in others, not much of interest really happened at all, though I still raced through these parts, to see what was going to happen next! There were a lot of twists, and I very rarely saw them coming, though I think I did see one of them... I was very proud of myself ;)

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would definitely recommend it, especially to fans of YA historical fiction with a supernatural twist. One thing I will say though, it's quite depressing, and sad... So don't read it if you want a light fun read, because it definitely is not one of those. But don't let that put you off, it's really good, I think you'd enjoy it. :)


My Rating:
I give it 4 Feet!

Challenges:
2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #19
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #28

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Series: The Goddess Test #1
Pages: 297
Date of UK Publication: 19th April 2011
Source: NetGalley and Harlequin Teen
Synopsis from Goodreads: Every girl who has taken the test has died.

Now it's Kate's turn.

It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.



My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book. It was completely different to anything else I'd ever read, but it was a good retelling of Persephone's myth.

Kate's mother is dying, and when they move to Eden, things get weird. So when she meets Henry, who magically brought her friend back from the dead, she finds out that she has to spend six months of every year in Henry's huge mansion, as his wife. Of course, she says no. At first. When she finds out her mother may live for a little longer, she jumps at the opportunity. The only thing is, she has to pass a test. All the other girls who took the test have died. If she succeeds though, she'll become immortal in the form of a goddess.

Kate was a good main character, and she told the story well. She was smart, and very selfless, giving up half her life for her mother and friend. I admire her for that. I'm not sure I would be able to spend six months of every year in a huge house with a strange man who has told me that I will be his wife... My only complaint it that while I admire her for it, I think her decision was more than a little silly. She's just met him, yet she goes to live with him? He could be a murderer or rapist... Anyway, though it was unbelievable and silly, I admire her for it. What does that say about me? :P

Henry was one of my favourite characters. He was mysterious and strange, and then all of a sudden, he began to spend time with Kate, and I quickly began to like him. He and Kate were a really good match, and I'm interested to see how their relationship grows in the next book.

The story was well written, and I had no idea who was trying to kill Kate and who had killed all the other girls who tried to pass the tests, and when I read it, I was really surprised! I would never have guessed them, they were so nice and kind...

Anyway, overall, The Goddess Test was a very good debut novel, and I'm sure Goddess Interrupted which is the second book in the series will be just as good, if not better.


My Rating:
I give it 4 Feet!


Challenges:
2011 Debut Author Challenge #9
2011 e-Book Challenge #9
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #24

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Teaser Tuesday #19: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

 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!


If I Stay Synopsis from Goodreads: In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck... 

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.




My teaser: 'Then, when Yo-Yo Ma played 'Le Grand Tange', Adam reached over and grasped my hand. In any other context, this would have been cheesy, the old yawn-and-cop-a-feel move. But Adam wasn't looking at me. His eyes were closed and he was swaying slightly in his seat. He was lost in the music too. I squeezed his hand back and we sat there like that for the rest of the concert.' ~ pages 32-33, "If I Stay" by Gayle Forman (If I Stay, book 1)

Monday, 11 April 2011

Book Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)Title: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
Pages: 424
Date of UK Publications: 7th April 2011
Source: Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads: The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most important of all—Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.



My Thoughts:
I'm telling you now, this isn't really a review. Most likely it will just be me gushing about how awesome the book is, and about how much I love Jace. So, read on if you want, but I won't judge you if you get bored and decide not to. I loved the book, that's really all you need to know. Now, my fan-girly-ness is about to emerge...

DO NOT READ ON IF YOU HAVEN'T READ CITY OF GLASS YET, AS THERE MAY WELL BE SPOILERS. THERE MIGHT NOT BE, AS I'M NOT SURE WHAT I'M GOING TO WRITE YET... :L

I'm so glad there was another book to this series! I know that City of Glass wrapped things up nicely, and there could have not been another book, but I'm so glad there is! When Jace got stabbed in CoG, I almost stopped reading, because I couldn't imagine the books without him. That would be awful. But I kept reading, hoping that by some miracle he would come back from the dead. And when he did, I was SO happy, I could hardly contain myself. So when I heard about CoFA, I was extremely excited, and I was literally waiting by the door waiting for Mr. Postman to shove it through my letterbox.

Anyway, enough about that, onto the actual book. It was amazing. It was so good, I loved every second of every minute. Every word in every sentence on every page. Incredible. It was amazing. The characters are as wonderful as they've always been and Jace is still perfect... :L

Anyway, the plot was full of suspense and fast-paced action, and I had no idea what on earth was going on. I laughed, I cried, I screamed in frustration, and I very nearly threw it on the floor in my anger. (I didn't, because that would ruin the spine, or crease the pages, and we can't have that now, can we? :L) As you may be able to tell, I'm a little bit hysterical at the moment. Not sure why, I guess it's because I'm excited I finished it and can't wait for the next one, but I know I have a year or so to wait? Who knows...

So there you go, those are my ramblings about CoFA. What did you think? You loved it, you hated it? Let me know in the comments :D


My Rating:
Of course, I give it 5 huge CHEEZY FEET! :D


Challenges:
2011 YA Paranormal Reading Challenge #18
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #27

Sunday, 10 April 2011

In My Mailbox #11

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Again, I got a lot of books over the past few weeks, but unlike last time I'm not going to add each synopsis because I looked back over it and realised how long the post was... :L I'll add a link to Goodreads and Amazon so you can look at the synopsis and reviews if you're interested. :D

FOR REVIEW


Virtuosity  Never Eighteen  The Girl in the Steel Corset (The Steampunk Chronicles, #1)  Ultraviolet  Putting Makeup on Dead People  The Near Witch 

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez (Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US)
I LOVE that cover! It's so pretty, and it sounds pretty good, so can't wait to get started on this one.

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic (Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US)
This is another contemporary that I'm trying to read more of, and it sounds pretty good, and it's not released until 2012, so I've got a good long time to read it.

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross (Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US)
This one also has an amazing cover; look at that dress! It beautiful, and I've never read a steampunk novel before (I don't think) so I'm interested to see how this one will be.

Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson (Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US)
Again, gorgeous cover! I don't really know much about this one, but I'm hoping it will be good.

Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi (Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US)
This one looks like a fun read. With a title like that, how can you not want to read it?!

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US)
I've heard lots about this one, sounds awesome, and you can probably guess what I'm going to say about the cover... No? It's awesome! :D

BOUGHT


The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1)  City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US)
So excited for this one! I LOVED Kelley's Darkest Powers series, so this one should be awesome.

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US)
I'M HALFWAY THROUGH AND LOVING IT! That's all I'm going to say about this one, I could go on forever about it. *happy dance*

BORROWED

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US)
I borrowed this one from my friend, I've heard so much awesome about it, and wanted to try it for myself.

LIBRARY

Delirium (Delirium #1)  My Love Lies Bleeding (Drake Chronicles #1)  If I Stay

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US)
I'm already in love with this book and I've only read the first couple of chapters! It's going to be AWESOME.

My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey (Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US)
I was going to buy this book a while ago, but I bought something else because it was out of stock or for a reason like that, and never got around to buying it when it came back in. Looks pretty good, and the title is so pretty :D

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US)
And lastly, I'm pretty excited about this one, there's so much going around about it, I decided to see how awesome it was for myself.

So that's all I got this week, what did you all get in your mailboxes? Leave a link in the comments!
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