Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Jamie Magee Giveaway Winner!

My Jamie Magee giveaway has closed, and the winner has been chosen! So, without further ado, the winner is...


Jessica @ Book Passion for Life!


Congratulations Jessica! You have one an e-book copy of Insight and Embody by Jamie Magee, the first three pages of Image also by Jamie Magee, and a swag bag! I will email you for your details, and you have 48 hours to respond :) 

Thanks to everyone who entered and I look forward to my next giveaway! :) 

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Author Interview, Guest Post + Giveaway: Jamie Magee

Hi everyone, today we have an interview with Jamie Magee, the author of Insight joining us for an interview, guest post, and giveaway! :) Her second novel, the sequel to Insight, called Embody, is being released on 31st June, and so a bunch of book pages on Facebook joined up and organised a big release event for it! So, without further ado, here is out interview with Jamie!

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Jamie MageeSome of us book pages have come together to celebrate the release of Embody, the sequel of Insight, by the one, the only, Jamie Magee. Part of the celebration Jamie has been kind enough to take time out to do an interview with all of us. And on with the show!


Hi Jamie! Welcome to the mad house of book pages! Thank you for taking time out of you busy life to answer some (or a lot) of our questions.

Hi everyone! This is absolutely amazing. I cannot wait to answer each of these questions. I’ve always loved how FB brings together not only friends and family, but leads us to new found friends that we would have never known otherwise!

Best Books: How did you get the idea for Insight?
I honestly feel like Insight found me. I had a craving for a unique love story that held paranormal elements that I have always found fascinating. In the beginning I only saw Willow ~ she in turn told me her story.

Peace, Love, Teen Fiction: How much research did you do for your book? Was it hard or did you enjoy it?
I completely enjoyed the research I did. The string theory is something that is truly studied – the element of alternate dimensions is just one of the many aspects the theory suggests. The ideas behind this theory are extremely fascinating and can cause anyone’s imagination to run wild. Looking into the Zodiac was almost like a personal awaking. I admit that I have barely begun to grasp the oldest science in the world, but I can’t help but find it odd how certain personality aspects are often reflected in our birth charts.

All Things Books: While writing do you require silence and to be left to your own devices or do you prefer it to be on the louder side with people around?
Silence is not really a word in my vocabulary J Even if I write in the dead of night while my family is sleeping I have my headphones in and music blaring!

Insight (Insight #1)Taking it One Book at a Time: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing? (i.e. changed appearances, personalities, turned into an asshole, lol)
I have to say Drake. Every good book has a villain - the one that everyone is meant to hate, but I couldn’t hate him. As Drake developed throughout the series it easy to see why I had the emotion from the very beginning. This character is very charismatic, gorgeous, and powerful – but he also has a different side that he will slowly reveal. I will tell you this – I’m glad I do not have to make the decisions that Willow Haywood does!

My Home Away From Home: Describe your book in 5 words or less.
This is such a hard question because I’m so bashful – umm lets go with this:

An addicting, compelling love-story.( at least I can say this is my goal description!)

Love Fantasy Novels: If you could be one character from your books who would you be?
I love them all, but I want to say Willow simply because the private moments between her, Landen, and Drake are the ones that seem to drive the story forward. If I were any other character I would deeply miss the emotions and insight the three of these characters bring.

Book Lover 1989: If you could write a novel with another author who would you choose and why?
J.K Rowling – I simply love her in-depth imagination.

Bookies: Was it difficult to come up with a title for your book?
In a way it was. I had called it ‘Gifted’ from the moment I began to write it, but after walking through the aisles of my local book store I discovered that title had been taken. I toyed with the idea of “Eight beyond the Sun and Moon” and countless others. I knew I wanted a one word title ( I don’t know why. I guess I was looking for simplicity) I went back and forth with my friends and family for weeks toward the publication day. One night I came home and handed my husband a list of possible titles. The expression on his face led me to believe he was not found of any of them. At that very moment the IPOD changed songs and now playing was “It ends to Tonight” by the All American Rejects. The last time I had heard that song was the night I’d written the ‘fight’ between Willow and Landen in Insight. As the course began to play my children began to sing along “Just a little Insight will make this right” my husband and I looked at each other and both said ‘Insight” at the same time. I’ve always found eerie that when you truly seek and answer you are always – even if by chance - led to the answer.

Embody (Insight #2)Bookaholics: How easy was it to write Embody after your experience with Insight?
I have often referred to Insight as my ‘first child’ in the realm of writing. Every part of it was a learning experience. As I wrote Insight I had to discover who each of the characters were – the world they lived in. Understanding who they were made it easier to express their emotions and reactions as the story of Embody came to life. Embody and the stories beyond the first two were far easier to master.

YA Books: If you become leader of the world, what would be the first thing that you'd do with your power?
Enforce the saying ‘pay it forward’ – is one of many steps I would take!

Book Reader Addicts: I know you have said before that with each book you are going to go more indepth with different characters. Do you have an order and how did you choose that order?
I have no order in mind lol. The main story through book four ( I’m at the mercy of the rest of the stories) focuses around three main characters Willow, Landen, and Drake. Their circumstances do bring other characters into focus and allow the reader to discover them.

Just before I begin writing any story and sometimes along the way I will write down random ideas I have – it could be anything from a phrase or a description. At the end I always look back – and invariable discover that the path the story took was not what I had in mind in the beginning. It is hard to say who will come forth in the future but I look forward to discovering them with each of you.

Best books: How do you feel when you’re writing?
Alive! It is the one thing I could do all day everyday and not expect anything in return. I love the rush of emotions – I’m sure it is quiet comical to watch me write – you will see everything from laughter to sadness– shocked expressions and anger. I’ve even been caught clapping.

Peace, Love, Teen Fiction: What is it like being a published author?
To this day I have not been able to fathom the idea. In my mind I’m simply sharing my words with a large group of friends!

All Things Books: Who is your dream cast should Insight ever be made into a movie?
I’ve been asked this before and I have yet to come up with an answer. I would hope that if this day came that the cast would be full of people who just needed one chance – that it would be their perfect ‘break’ and we would all indulge in the new found talent.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Taking it One Book at a Time: Who's the one author that can completely & utterly make you forget the outside world?
J.K Rowling – I love love love her imagination.

My Home Away From Home: What is one question that you have always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Ummm….what’s my favorite color???? – Purple J

Love Fantasy Novels: If you could have dinner with one famous person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I could go really deep here and reach back and say Nostrdamus – my purpose in this dinner would be to understand what he was ‘seeing’ when he made his prophecies – to apply them to modern life and debate the path of humanity.

Or- I could just be real and say Ben Burnley – I love this musician.. His lyrics have inspired scene after scene in my series – I would want to know what inspired him to write them in the first place, and of course – thank him!

Book Lover 1989: What are you top 5 favorite books/series of books?
Hard List to come up with….

Redeeming love – Francine Rivers

Charlotte’s Web – EB White (we all have to start somewhere!)

The Notebook/ Wedding - Nicholas Sparks

Harry Potter Series – J.K Rowling

Romeo & Juliet – William Shakespeare

Bookaholics: Do you write to a soundtrack and if so,what music was your inspiration whilst writing Embody?
Oh how I love music! Sometimes songs inspire writing and others simply remind me of the story. The Embody playlist I have now is:

My Never – Blue October

The Diary of Jane – Breaking Benjamin

Dear Agony – Breaking Benjamin

Point #1 - Chevelle

Bring Me to Life –Evanescence

Cold – Evans Blue

Eclipsed – Evans Blue

A Cross and a Girl Named Blessed – Evans Blue

Fair Fight – The Fray

Everything Will Be Alright – The Killers

Possibility – Lykke Li

Breathe Into Me - Red

All around Me - Fly Leaf

YA Books: If you were a superhero, what would be your super power, what would your name be, and would you be a goodie or the baddie?
Scorpion – power: emotions – I would be good (Wait – I feel like I know someone like this?!) Sorry… I tried to be unique – but as my daughter would say ‘I got nothin’ lol

Book Reader Addicts: Since I have already read Embody I have to know….when is the third book coming out? (No, rush or anything. LOL)
I was so excited about the first reviews of Embody that I sent ‘Image’ to the editor the first week of May – I do not have a date set – but I can tell you it will be THIS year

Jamie, again thank you so much. I can not wait to read more from you. Before when end this is there anything else you would like to tell you readers?
I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to share this daydream with me – it means more than I could ever express in words!

If you haven’t read Insight yet I have one question for you. What are you waiting for? Go get in now. If you have read it then go pick up Embody. You can get these great books at Amazon.com,barnesandnoble.com, and smashwords.com.


One last thing! Jamie has a surprise for you! Tell them Jamie!
I know we all love release dates and SWAG – so for Embody’s release each page will have a swag bag – complete with an ebook version of Embody! Good luck everyone and happy reading! (giveaway at bottom of post)

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For more chances to win visit all of the pages that were involved with the interview. Links are below. (I'm YA Books by the way :) )

Best Books
Bookies
Love Fantasy Novels
Taking it One Book at a Time
My Home Away From Home
YA Books
Book Lover 1989
Peace, Love, Teen Fiction
All Things Books
Bookaholics book club
Book Reader Addicts

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And now, I have a guest post written by Jamie herself, for you to enjoy:


It is the small, almost insignificant moments – the ones we do without a thought or reason that often bring forth a wave of change in our lives. I never imagined that a thoughtless New Year’s resolution or opening a blank word document would lead me here today. As I write these words a smile is across my face and gratitude for all that my life has brought me is beaming from my soul.

I will never forget 1/1/09 - the first the day of New Year, the last year in decade and turning point in my life. I never expected that day would bring so many amazing characters, readers, authors and new found friends into my life – and now I live in a constant state of expectancy – I’ve learned to expect the unexpected because I have no idea where this series or my career will lead me – I just know that I plan to enjoy every smile and tear it may bring my way.

I cannot tell you how mind blowing it is for me to be releasing the second book in the Insight Series, Embody. The first flash – the vague image I had of Willow Haywood was almost painful. I remember feeling so sorry for her – heartbroken that she was where she was at that point in her life. I could only see Landen through her eyes at that moment and his urgency to reach her was alarming. I mulled over this image of a green eye girl in countless day dreams. I had to understand who she was – what her name was and what brought her to the moment I was seeing. Not knowing any of this I just began to write. I’ve said before I began Insight with “It was a warm day in Franklin” at that moment I had no idea that Chara existed – that Esterious existed – that the string was a breathtaking passage connecting all of humanity. All of the answers seem to rush at me at me at once and one by one the characters of the Insight series began to emerge and whisper their perception into my thoughts.

When I finished Insight I realized that the moment I’d seen had not come. It was an awkward moment in my life. One thought would tell me that I’d wasted three months of my life writing a story that would never be read – the next would tell me that this was simply the beginning. As I let my friends read Insight I found the moments I’d carved out to write in my life were empty – after successfully organizing every closet and drawer in my house my restlessness became too much for me to handle. Before I had the verdict from my friends on my story I began to write again. This time I didn’t start at the beginning like I had with Insight. I finally wrote the scene that I’d first seen in my mind’s eye. At first it felt like I was writing a book outside of the series but then Willow showed me how she reached that point. I’d written what is chapter 12 in Embody all the way to end before I had any feedback on Insight, at that point it didn’t matter if anyone else was in love with Willow and Landen – I was!

Undoubtedly through the life of Willow Haywood I have felt every emotion that the human soul can perceive. I cannot wait to share not only this story, but each one I have seen past this point with each of you. Thank you so much for experiencing this adventure with me!

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And lastly, the bit I'm sure you've all been waiting for: The giveaway! I know I'm excited, this is my first, EVER giveaway! :) Jamie has kindly offered to giveaway a swag bag full of Insight and Embody swag,  an e-Book copy of Insight and Embody and the first 3 pages of the third book, Image! Want to win? Of course you do!

Hi everyone! I have the swag bags ready and I’m going to attempt to add a pic to this :) I wanted to let you know that in addition to this bag  - there is a free ebook of both Embody and Insight ( I added Insight just in case we manage to attract new readers!) – along with the first three pages of ‘Image’ that will release in the fall of this year! Thanks again for helping me celebrate!!

The rules: 
All you have to do is enter your name and email into the form, and yay, you're entered! That's it, all you have to do. But, if you want to tweet/facebook/blog about it to spread the word, that's awesome and much appreciated (though it's not necessary)! :)

Fill in THIS FORM to enter!

The contest is international, and will run for 48 hours, so be quick! :) It'll start on Sunday 29th May, and will finish on Monday 30th May! Winners announced on Tuesday 31st, so quick, enter for your chance to win!

*Winners picked out using Random.org. The prizes will be mailed out by the author, so I accept no responsibility for items lost or damaged in the post. 

Saturday, 28 May 2011

In My Mailbox #18

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



BOUGHT




Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (Hardback)
I adore this book. It is definitely one of my favourite books. EVER. So of course, I had to have the hardback copy :) I bought it from America and everything :) 


FOR REVIEW






Rockaholic by CJ Skuse (Paperback)
Really excited for this one, it looks really fun and interesting :) And apparently it's hilarious, so thanks to Chicken House for this one!


Reckless by Cornelia Funke (Paperback)
This one also looks really good, I LOVE Cornelia Funke, she was my favourite author when I was younger, but I haven't read anything by her for ages, so I'm really looking forward to this one! Thanks again to Chicken House for this one!


The Truth About Celia Frost by Celia Rawsthorne (ARC)
This one sounds really interesting, and I'm really excited for it :) Thanks to Usborne for this one!


GIFTED



Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton (RAK from Sara at Just Another Story)
Would like to say a HUGE thank you to Sara for sending me this one, and Two Way Street (below)! I wasn't expecting her to send me TWO awesome books, one of which is a hardback, so thank you so much! This one looks awesome, and I can't wait to start it! <3


Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt (RAK from Sara at Just Another Story)
Again, thanks Sara! This one looks really good, and apparently it's really funny. I'm going on a long car journey soon so this one seems perfect for that! :L Thanks again Sara!


What did you all get in your mailboxes this week? Leave a link in the comments and I'll stop by yours in the next week, once I'm back from holiday! :)

Friday, 27 May 2011

Follow Friday #23

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



How many books do you read in a week? And in what format do you read them, or listen to them?

My answer: Usually around 2 books a week during school time, but in the holidays I can read a book a day. Most of the books I read are print books, because I don't have a case for my Kindle so I can't take it to school everyday, but I do read Kindle books at the weekend sometimes :) I've never actually listened to an audio book before, I don't know why, I guess it's just that I would much rather read it myself, and imagine characters voices myself... :) 

What about you? Leave a link to your FF in the comments :) 

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Armchair BEA: Blogger Interview with Puss Reboots

Hi everyone, today I'm going to be interviewing Sarah from Puss Reboots :)



 


Tell us a little bit about yourself :)
The best thing I can say is read Monday's post for Armchair BEA.

The short version is I'm currently a library and information science student. I'm taking a completely online course. I'm also a freelance writer and a web designer.


Name one book that you think everyone should read, and why?
I'm going to go with a little known but excellent novel by a well known American author: The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It's set in Italy in the mid-1800s but it reads like a modern day paranormal romance. If I could, I would put a copy of the book in everyone's hands.


If you could spend the day in a book, which book would you choose and why?
Check out my answer on last week's Book Blogger Hop: http://www.pussreboots.pair.com/blog/2011/comments_05/book_blogger_hop_may_20.html


If you were only allowed to take 3 books with you to a desert island with no bookstores or internet or anything, which books would you take? (a series counts as one book)
A blank journal (with an unlimited amount of lead or ink), an almanac and the OED. I did a backpacking trip as a teenager and our last couple of days out we were asked to camp by ourselves to test our survival skills. I had a blank journal with me and I remember wanting a dictionary and an almanac at the time.


If you could spend the day with one author, who would you spend it with and why?
I don't know. I think any author would be fascinating to talk to.


What are your 3 most anticipated summer 2011 reads?
I'm currently focusing on reading through my lengthy wishlist (http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/122647?shelf=wishlist) so my anticipated reads are all ones that came out last year or earlier.


Tell us a bit about your current read :)
I am now happily reading Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh which was an anticipated read for most of this year. I was thrilled to see it at my library. I love the series. It's the fourth in an excellent paranormal tween mystery series.


I've reviewed the previous three:
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris
Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus


What has been your favourite book you’ve read this year?
My favourite is actually a manga series -- Fullmetal Alchemsist by Hiromu Arakawa. I've read eighteen volumes but have only posted a review of the first one (http://www.pussreboots.pair.com/blog/2011/comments_05/fullmetal_alchemist_01.html) so far. It's also been made into two excellent anime series and a movie.

The story is set on an alternate world in a country called Amestris which is somewhat like Germany circa the early 1900s. The military enlists alchemists to act as human weapons. In return they get access to research they would otherwise not have access to. The main characters are a pair of brothers: Ed and Al Elric who are trying to undo a terrible mistake they made while trying a forbidden type of alchemy. Ed lost his arm and leg and Al lost his body entirely and is now a living suit of armor.


Do you have a special spot that you read in? Or do you just read anywhere?
I read pretty much anywhere. I will keep books I'm reading in different rooms in my house. I also take a short book (usually a manga) with me for my morning coffee.


What makes a book stand out to you? The cover/author/plot/etc?
I'm a complete sucker for an interesting cover. I'm also lured by settings, character names, plot summaries, experimental story telling styles or just a good friend or family member saying: "read this!"


And lastly a few quick fire questions:

Paperback or Hardback?
I don't care. The librarian in training in me should say "hardback" but I feel that the book is more important than the delivery method. Sometimes hardbacks aren't available and a paperback will do just fine.

eBook or print?
I don't have an ereader but I do a lot of ereading for my classwork. I read print books to take a break from all that on screen reading.

Adult or YA?
Actually mostly picture books and middle grade fiction with some adult and YA thrown in to balance things.

Twitter or Facebook?
I'm on both but I'm most active with twitter. You can find me there as @pussreboots


Thanks for answering the questions, Sarah! It was a pleasure to have you here today :)

Want to find out a bit more about Sarah? Have a look here:

Blog
Twitter
Blip
GoodReads

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How's your Armchair BEA going? Mine's going great, though I'm still jealous of everyone in New York... :) Oh well, leave your blogger interview (or Wednesday BEA post) link in the comments! :D 


Monday, 23 May 2011

Book Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

ForgottenTitle: Forgotten
Author: Cat Patrick
Series: N/A
Pages: 277
Publisher: Egmont
Date of UK Publication: 6th June 2011
Source: Received free from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis from Goodreads: Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that's left is a note telling her about a day she can't remember. The whole scenario doesn't exactly make high school or dating that hot guy whose name she can't seem to recall any easier. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can't make sense of, she realizes it's time to learn a little more about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.


My Thoughts:
London Lane has a weird condition. Every night, at 4:33am, her brain resets itself, and she has no memory of her past. She cannot even remember little things, like what she wore the day before, or what she had for dinner. She can 'remember' the future though. She gets glimpses of her future, and she remembers them as if they are a memory, even though they haven't happened yet. So when she meets a gorgeous guy called Luke and she can't see him in her future where she wants him to be, she gets worried. Will something happen to him that London can't prevent, or can London change the future?

I really enjoyed this book. I finished it quickly, and now that I've finished it, I can't stop thinking about it. I can't help but wonder what it would feel like if I ever had that condition, where you can't remember the past but know the future like a memory. It would be weird and extremely annoying, and I bet more than anything I would forget to write notes every night, or if I did, I'd be so tired I'd forget something important...

I liked London. I really felt sorry for her, and honestly, how could you not? She couldn't remember the boy she'd been dating for four months, every day! She will never remember falling in love with Luke for the first time, or their first kiss, first date, nothing. So I felt like I knew her, and I could relate to her friendship issues and her problems in school, especially when she had PE ;)

I loved Luke. Oh my word, he is possibly the sweetest book boy EVER! He will do anything he can to make London happy, and even when they were fighting, he did as much as he could to try and win her back. He gave her space when she needed it, and was there for her to help her search for her dad, and find out more about what her mother was keeping from her. He was so cute, and when London couldn't remember her first date with him, he took her AGAIN so she could write it down :) How can you not love him?

The plot was good and the idea behind the book was amazing. One thing I will say is that there is a lot of repetition which of course is understandable seeing as it is told from London's point of view and she has to re-remember everything every day, but sometimes it seemed a little pointless. I don't know, there were times when I got really bad de ja vu because I knew what happened... But that didn't put me off, it just seemed odd to me.

Forgotten was an amazing read. I could quite easily have read it all in one sitting, but I thought I'd space it out a bit and enjoy it fo longer. I can't believe that Cat Patrick is a debut author, if I didn't know that before I read it, I wouldn't have known! I definitely recommend it to everyone, whether you're a fan of paranormal or contemporary, it doesn't matter, because I think you'll enjoy it anyway! So on the 6th June (or now if you're in the UK and can get it from Waterstone's where it's been put on the shelves 3 weeks early) head down to your local bookstore or go on the computer or wherever you get your books from, and buy it! It's so amazing :)

Thanks to Egmont for sending me this review copy free in exchange for an honest review. In no way has this affected my opinion of the book.

My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet, it was amazing!


Challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #47
2011 Debut Author Challenge #16

Armchair BEA: Introduction to Cheezyfeet Books


Hey everyone, are you here for Armchair BEA? :)

If you are, welcome to Cheezyfeet Books! My name is Bella, I'm 14, and I'm from the UK :) I wish I could go to BEA, but with school and BEA being in America, there was no chance :( Anyone else missing BEA in the UK? Let me know in the comments, and I'll be sure to go check out your blog! Or tweet me: @CheezyfeetBooks

My preferred genres are, if you couldn't already tell, YA! :D I love anything YA, whether it's paranormal, contemporary, historical, sci-fi, whatever, I don't care :D Paranormal and Dystopian are my favourite though :) What about you?

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)  Divergent  Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Some of my favourite books are Paranormalcy by Kiersten White and Divergent by Veronica Roth, though I don't think either of those authors will be at BEA... I also love Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, and I've included a little about her new book Bloodlines below :)

What am I excited about for BEA this year? Well, of course I'm looking forward to all the awesome books that we'll be hearing about in the next week or so, and I'm really looking forward to all the reviews of the books that the lucky people actually going to BEA will get to read and review :) I'm also looking forward to getting to know other bloggers more, either via the Twitter parties that are being organised this week, or by the blogger interviews on Wednesday (especially excited for these, it's just a shame that I'm not taking part :( Oh well!)

What do I hope will happen this week? Mostly, I want to make some new blogger friends! I love chatting to people about books online, it's so easy and there's not really anyone IRL that I can talk to apart from 1 or 2 school friends, and my parents, who, while they are interested, aren't quite interested enough ;) So I'm hoping to make some new friends, and to find some more awesome blogs!

Some mock inteview style questions about me:

What's your favouite TV programme?
Right now I have 3: Gossip Girl, 90210 and The Vampire Diaries :)

What are you listening to right now?
A playlist of P!nk, Taylor Swift, MIKA, KT Tunstall and Selena Gomez :)

Favourite food?
Well, duh, but I love chocolate :D

One book everyone should read?
Ooh... There are so many! But I'll choose one that I didn't mention above, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa it's my favourite faery book ever :)

Do you have any other hobbies besides from reading?
Well, most of my time is taken up by reading/blogging, but when I'm not, I play flute and piano :)

Any guilty pleasures?
I'm addicted to CityVille :) I've said this more than once, but seriously, I cannot stop.

A few of the many books that I'm most excited to here about this week:

The Scorpio RacesThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater - This one looks so amazing! Anything by Maggie is awesome, and I'm sure this one will be no exception :) It doesn't even have a synopsis yet, but the cover is so pretty... :)

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)Bloodlines by Richelle Mead - So jealous of everyone who gets a copy of this! The autographing session looks amazing, I cannot wait for this book, the Moroi and Strigoi world is one of my favourites :D This one is about Sydney protecting Jill Dragomir in a human school, so it'll be interesting to see how this one plays out when the book isn't set in a world that knows about vampires.

The Carrier of the MarkThe Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon - Again, so jealous of everyone who gets a copy of this :) If anyone at BEA sees this post, maybe bring me back a copy of these titles? I would seriously love you forever. :D No really, this book looks awesome and the cover is gorgeous, I can't wait to read it! :)

And those are all the books I'll post today, I'll post some more tomorrow :) Leave a link to your Armchair BEA introductory post in the comments, and I'll be sure to come visit you sometime this week! :D

Thanks for reading my post, and leave a comment below to introduce yourself! :) Don't be shy, I don't bite! Also, remember to visit Armchair BEA to visit the almost 400 blogs taking part :) And lastly, have an awesome Armchair BEA!

Saturday, 21 May 2011

In My Mailbox #17

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



FOR REVIEW:

Passion by Lauren Kate (Manuscript from Random House)
Super excited for this one! Started reading it though, and had no idea what happened in the first two books so I'm rereading Fallen and Torment so that I can read this one and remember everything that's going on properly :) Thanks Random House!

Forgotten by Cat Patrick (Proof Copy from Egmont)
I'm also super excited for this one! It looks amazing, the idea is really cool, and I've only heard good things about. I'll probably be reading this one next, so look out for my review soon :) Thanks to Egmont for this one!

GIFTED:

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (RAK from Lesley at My Keeper Shelf)
Thanks Lesley! This one looks awesome, and my friend from school has been going on about this one for ages, so I'm glad I can finally read it! :) 

Haven by Kristi Cook (RAK from Donna at Book Passion For Life)
This looks like an awesome debut, a cross between Harry Potter, Twilight and Buffy? Definitely excited to read this one :) Thanks Donna!

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes (RAK also from Donna at Book Passion For Life)
I've heard mixed things about this book, but it looks really good so I can't wait to read it. Thanks again, Donna! :) 


What's happened this week at Cheezyfeet Books? 
Reviews: 
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Flawless by Lara Chapman
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
Memes: 
Top Ten Tuesday #1: Minor Characters

Reread: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Fallen (Fallen, #1)Title: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #1
Pages: 452
Publisher: Doubleday
Date of UK Publication: 10th December 2009
Source: Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads: There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.


In this post, I'm just going to compare my thoughts from the first time I read it to the thought I have now after reading it a second time, so this isn't a review :)

I read this book for the first time back in 2009. It was OK. I didn't really like it that much, and I gave it two feet, because Luce annoyed me, the plot bored me, and quite frankly, there were way too many similarities to Twilight. But now, reading it again, I've bumped up my rating to three feet, because this time around, it was better. Not by loads, but enough to make me reconsider my rating.
Luce still annoyed me, though not nearly as much. She was still whiny and a little blonde at times, but she didn't get on my nerves quite so much. Maybe this was because I knew that was what she was going to be like, or I just had a change of heart, I have no idea...
The plot was still good because I'd completely forgotten what happened. About three quarters of the way through though, I began to get bored, because I started to remember what happened. I'm glad I pushed through though, the ending was good and there were a couple of things that I think are important for the next books that I'd forgotten, and so I was glad for the reminder, which is why I reread the book.
So that's it, there wasn't much that differed to the first time I read it, it still wasn't amazing, but it wasn't bad either :) Will move onto Torment again in a couple of books time, and then I'll read Passion, which is waiting to be read in my room :)

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Book Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)Title: The Girl in the Steel Corset
Author: Kady Cross
Series: Steampunk Chronicles #1
Pages: 336
Date of UK Publications: 17th June 2011
Source: NetGalley
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 Thoughts:
I'll start this review by saying I have never read a steampunk novel before. That I'm aware of. I had a little bit of an idea about what it would be about, I thought it would be a little bit like Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, because I knew it was set in Victorian England and was to do with machines. And it was, a little bit, but not really. :L

Finley Jayne has two personalities, as if she is schizophrenic. She has her normal, sweet, little girl peronality, and the darker, meaner, not so little personality, that shows its face every time Finley becomes angry or scared. I liked this idea or having two personalities, one of which you cannot control, it made Finley's character exciting and made me want to read her about her.

The book is told from multiple perspectives. It swaps from Finley and Griffin, and occasionally to other characters, like Sam. This was good, because it even though it wasn't written in first person, we got an insight to each characters thoughts and their actions when Finley wasn't there, which would not have happened had it just been Finley's narrative.

The beginning of the book was incredibly slow for me. I'm not sure why, I just had a hard time getting into it. It wasn't until about half way through that I started to enjoy it, even though I really wanted to. I think this is mostly because I'd never read a steampunk book before, and it was completely different to what I expected. And also because I'm not really into science, so the whole science of the Organites and the 'mandroids' definitely went in one ear (eye?) and out the other.

But, as I said, around half way through I started to enjoy it, and I read the last 40% all in one sitting. Once Cross had explained everything she needed to to make her world make sense and could get on with the story, I found myself wanting to know what would happen next more and more. I enjoyed reading about the fights and the relationships that unravelled between the characters more and more as the story went on. And the last 10% of the book was really good, and I couldn't stop myself from turning the pages.

Overall, The Girl in the Steel Corset is a very strong debut novel, though I don't think it was for me. It was a well written, well thought out story, and I recommend it to steampunk lovers, as I think they would really love it. If you're like me though, and you're not really a fan of science fiction, then maybe this one is not for you.

My Rating:
I give it 3 Feet!


Challenges:
2011 Debut Author Challenge #13
2011 e-Book Challenge #12
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #37

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Book Review: Flawless by Lara Chapman

FlawlessTitle: Flawless
Author: Lara Chapman
Series: N/A
Pages: 256
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date of UK Publication: 3rd May 2011
Source: Publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads: Sarah Burke is just about perfect. She's got killer blue eyes, gorgeous blond hair, and impeccable grades. There's just one tiny-all right, enormous-flaw: her nose. But even that's not so bad. Sarah's got the best best friend and big goals for print journalism fame.

On the first day of senior year, Rock Conway walks into her journalism class and, well, rocks her world. Problem is, her best friend, Kristen, falls for him too. And when Rock and Kristen stand together, it's like Barbie and Ken come to life. So when Kristen begs Sarah to help her nab Rock, Sarah does the only thing a best friend can do-she agrees. For someone so smart, what was she thinking?

This hip retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is filled with hilariously misguided matchmaking, sweet romance, and a gentle reminder that we should all embrace our flaws.



My Thoughts:
I enjoyed Flawless. It wasn't the best book in the world, but it was definitely an enjoyable, quick, fun read about friendship and relationships.

Sarah Burke has a big nose. She's learnt to deal with it though, and she keeps pushing away the plastic surgery leaflets her mother has 'hidden' around the house. That is, until she meets Rock. He's funny, he's nice, AND he's intelligent. So he's perfect for Sarah, isn't he? Well, yes, but nothing can ever happen between them because Sarah has promised her best friend Kristen that she will help her get Rock. So Sarah is forced to choose between what she thinks is the right thing to do, and what is best for her. Her loyalties are stretched to the limit, so who will she choose? Rock, or Kristen?

I liked Sarah, though at times she really annoyed me. She couldn't stand up for herself at all, and to be honest, I thought she needed to grow a backbone. I get that she was extremely loyal to Kristen, and that she didn't feel she could stand up to her, but if Kristen was truly an awesome friend, she would at least listen to what Sarah had to say, and maybe even realise how much Sarah liked Rock. I thought that Sarah writing emails to Rock as Kristen was more than a little weird, and it just made me wonder why she did it. I mean, if I had the hots for a guy, and my best friend wanted me to use my incredible writing skills to tease him into thinking she was clever, I would totally say no. Maybe I'm not that great a friend, but I just couldn't see myself doing it...

And Rock was weird. It was obvious that while he liked Kristen, he liked Sarah more, and I felt like he should have at least told Kristen his feelings about Sarah before they started dating. I think he should have been more involved in his and Kristen's relationship, I couldn't help but feel that their whole relationship was one-sided, and Rock wasn't putting much effort in. And lastly about Rock, I think he has an... odd, name. Honestly, I don't like it. And I understand that it's a retelling of a classic, but couldn't Lara have called him something else... :/

And my last complaint, is Kristen. I thought she was shallow and a bit of a rubbish friend. I don't know, maybe that was how I was meant to feel, but I don't think forcing her best friend by pulling the 'I'd do it for you...' card to get a boy to like you, is my idea of being a good friend. I'm sorry I'm so opinionated about this, but I've had a lot of friendship issues in the past and I've had time to contemplate what makes a good friend. And this book made me think about it even more.

However, as you probably can't tell from this review, I did enjoy the book. I enjoyed reading about the characters, even if I didn't like them, and I enjoyed the plot line. I couldn't see how Sarah was going to get out of helping Kristen; I knew it was going to happen, but I wasn't sure when or how. Once it was revealed though, it made perfect sense and I thought it made a great ending.

Flawless is a very good debut novel from Chapman, and I enjoyed the normal-ness of the story, and I could really imagine it taking place in a real American high school. I would recommend it to fans of the contemporary genre, and people who need a quick, fun read.

Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me this for free in exchange for an honest review. In no way has this affected my opinion of the book, and I received no compensation for it. :)

My Rating:
I give it 3 Feet!

Challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #45

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Top Ten Tuesday #1: Minor Characters



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers' lists.





1. Jules from Die For Me by Amy Plum: He's awesome :) He's funny and kind, and I'm guessing there might be a love triangle emerging in the next book... ;)

2. Rue from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: She was SO CUTE! :D I loved her, and I was so upset... You know when, though I won't say for those who haven't read it yet :) And can I just say I think the girl who is cast for her in the movie is an awesome choice, looks-wise? :D

3. Alec and Magnus from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare: OK, technically that's two people, but they have to go together.. They're awesome! :) They should both be featured in the books more ;)

4. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter by JK Rowling: Luna's crazy weird, and super cool! Need I say more? :L

5. Claire from Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini: She's an awesome friend :) She looks after Helen and makes sure she's OK, and is incredibly loyal and understanding. Who wouldn't want a friend like her? :D

6. Prim from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: She is also an awesome minor character from The Hunger Games. I love little sisters, they're so cute, especially when big sisters stick up for them, and make sure they're OK... :D

7. Cogon from Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder: I love the world that Maria V. Snyder created, and one of my favourite characters was Cogon! He was such a good friend to Trella, and I think it was nice that they weren't romantically involved, they were just super-good friends :D

8. Jenna from Wither by Lauren DeStefano: She is so sweet, and I love her! She has an enormous heart, and she really cared for Rhine and Cecily :) She's also very sad and troubled, and I felt sorry for her, but could kind of imagine how she felt... But not really. :L

9. Hana from Delirium by Lauren Oliver: Again,  like Claire, she was an awesome friend, and even though at times she could be a bit weird, she would always come back to support Lena :)

10. Christina from Divergent by Veronica Roth: And my last one is also an awesome friend, and quickly Christina became a good sidekick to Tris, and looked out for her all the time :)

Who were your Top Ten Minor Characters? Leave me a link in the comments! :)

Monday, 16 May 2011

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French KissTitle: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Standalone
Pages: 372
Publisher: Dutton Books
Date of Publication: December 2nd 2010
Source: RAK from Mia from Gripped Into Books
Synopsis from Goodreads: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?



My Thoughts:
I've been wanting to read this book for a very long time, as soon as it came out in December, but I just never got around to buying it. So when Mia very kindly contacted me asking if I wanted it, I said yes immediately and started it as soon as I could. There is so much hype surrounding it, and I was a little worried it wouldn't live up to it, as I'm not a huge fan of contemporaries, but it definitely did, in every way. It was the perfect quick, fun, and super-cute read.

I love books set in Paris. I love how they always seem to be written so well, as if the author really knows Paris so well. Well, at least the few I've read do... Just the way that they're written, you can tell that the city is well loved by the author, and I found it easy to imagine the city, even though I have never been...
The characters in the book were awesome. Especially Etienne... But first I'll talk about Anna.

Anna was a good main character, and I could relate to her in lots of ways. I knew how she felt when she was in Paris but had no idea how to talk to anyone, and I really felt sorry for her when she couldn't even order her own lunch! I also loved how she couldn't hurt her friends, even when she hadn't know them for very long at all. It was so sweet of her, though at times she was a little silly and she jumped to conclusions a lot, when it was kind of obvious what actually happened.

And Etienne. He's... perfect. In every way. And that's all I shall say, because I could go on for a VERY long time.

The plot was predictable, but I didn't mind. It was so cute, and it was exactly what I needed: Something short and fun, but interesting and thought-provoking at the same time. It made me wonder what I would do had I been in Anna's situation, sent off to Paris to spend my senior year in a country whose language I did not speak. It made me think of where I consider my home, and how quickly things like that could change.

Anna and the French Kiss is an awesome debut novel by Stephanie Perkins. Her easy to read writing is addictive and funny, and if you're looking for a quick, fun read, it's perfect in every way.

My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!


Challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #44

Saturday, 14 May 2011

In My Mailbox #16

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



FOR REVIEW:

Flawless by Lara Chapman (Finished copy)
Wasn't expecting this, so it was a lovely surprise, I can't wait to read it, and the cover is even more pretty :) Thanks to Bloomsbury for this one! 

A Tangle of Magicks by Stephanie Burgis (Uncorrected Proof)
Wasn't expecting this one, but so happy I've got it, I adored the first one, these books are so cute! If you haven't read them, you really should! :L Thanks to Templar for this one!

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (New UK PB) x2
I'm excited for this one too, it's for my first blog tour!! It looks good, and it's about mermaids :) Thanks again to Templar for these two (one if for a giveaway!)

Pretty Twisted by Gina Blaxill (Finished Copy)
Again, I wasn't expecting this one, I'd never even heard of it before! :L It looks pretty good though, but it'll probably take me a while to get around to reading it... :) Thanks to MacMillan for this one!

GIFTED: 

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney (RAK from Rebecca)
This one looks awesome, can't wait to read it, and before I got it I didn't know you could gift Kindle books in emails, so I'll definitely be doing that sometime this month or next :) Thanks Rebecca!


Across the Universe by Beth Revis (RAK from Cherie)
I've heard so many awesome things about this one, apparently it's amazing, so thank you very much to Cherie for sending me this one! :) 

WON: 

Department 19 by Will Hill (SIGNED!! *yay*)
I'm SO EXCITED for this one, it looks amazing and it's SIGNED! It's long too, and it has REAL vampires as my dad calls them... :D Thanks to HarperCollins for this beauty! :L


SWAG:


Firelight by Sophie Jordan (Postcard and bookmark)
I loved this book, so I'm really happy with this swag, thanks to Beccie from Bookies on Facebook! :D 


Possess by Gretchen McNeil (2 Bookmarks, a charm, and four temporary tattoos)
I've had this for ages, but I kept forgetting to put it in an IMM so I finally have :) Thanks to Gretchen for this! :)


What's happened this week at Cheezyfeet Books?
Review:
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Clarity by Kim Harrington
Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Friday, 13 May 2011

Book Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She WentTitle: Where She Went
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #2
Pages: 260
Publisher: Random House
Date of UK Publication: April 28th 2011
Source: Borrowed from friend
Synopsis from Goodreads: It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.



My Thoughts:
Where She Went continues the story from If I Stay, but three years later. Mia is in New York, attending Julliard, and Adam is a famous rockstar. Adam hasn't heard from Mia for 3 years, and Where She Went is told from Adam's point of view. He's having trouble coping with being famous, and to top it all off for him, he has no idea why Mia has never called him back from New York.

I liked that Where She Went was told from Adam's point of view, because it gave us an insight into his feelings and let the reader really understand what kind of person he has become, and just how badly Mia's sudden absence from his life affected him. I enjoyed the way that Gayle Forman expressed Adam's feelings, in a way that we never would have even guessed about had the book been written from Mia's point of view. I also enjoyed the way that we got a new view of Mia, which showed her as an actual living person, rather than a ghost of a person narrating the story from a hospital bed.

Not a lot actually happened in the story, plot wise. The book takes place over a period of about a week, much like the first book. Looking back though, the characters went through an awful lot and changed in themselves, so it didn't really matter that not much happened. As in If I Stay, there were flashbacks to Adam's time between Mia's accident and the present day, which was good because it kept the story interesting. I liked how even though the storyline was different, a lot of the aspects of Where She Went were the same as If I Stay, and the continuity between the books was really good.

Where She Went is a brilliant sequel, but it is not quite as good as If I Stay. *Almost*, but not quite. I felt the ending to the first novel felt finished and that a second book was not necessary, so I was a little hesitant to read this one, in case it ruined If I Stay completely, but I'm glad to say that I really enjoyed it, and it definitely did no ruining of any kind. If you loved If I Stay, then you'll love Where She Went too. :)


My Rating:
I give it 4.5 Feet!


Challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #43

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Book Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

StarcrossedTitle: Starcrossed
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #1
Pages: 514
Publisher: HarperCollins (US)/MacMillan Children's (UK)
Date of UK Publications: 3rd June 2011
Source: Publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads: Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention.

Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history. Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?



My Thoughts:
I've always enjoyed reading Greek mythology, and so when I realised that Starcrossed was based on it, I was so excited to read it. I started it as soon as I got it, and I had it finished not long after. If it wasn't for revision and school (and sleep), I would have read it all in one sitting.

Helen Hamilton has been having trouble fitting in for the whole of her life. She's always known she was different, but it wasn't until the Delos family came along, that she realised what she was, and that she wasn't alone. From the moment she laid eyes on Lucas, she wanted to kill him, as well as realising that he was the most beautiful boy she had ever seen. So when she finds out that they can never be together and are destined to kill each other, can they find a way to be together, or will the ancient rules come into play once again?

I liked Helen. I felt like I could relate to her in the way that she tried to make herself small and unnoticeable, and the way that she got nervous around people. I loved how even when her life was falling apart around her, she still managed to care for her friends and family, and at least *try* and appear normal, even though it didn't always work. It was great how she was always so determined to do her best, and even when she was getting punched and almost knocked out by a certain Delos brother... ;)

I fell in love with Lucas almost right away. Even when Helen wanted to kill him, I could tell that he was going to end up being completely amazing. He was so sweet to Helen, and even though they were always meant to end up together, it was so nice to see them fall in love together, and I loved how he said he would go against his family for her! Isn't that SO cute? xD

The plot was exciting and it grabbed me from the first few pages. There were a couple of things that confused me a little, but to be honest, they were only small things that I could look over at the beginning, which were then later on explained. One thing I did really enjoy about the book, was that it was long. It was 514 pages, which meant that it was well paced and nothing felt as if it had been dragged on for too long, neither did anything feel rushed. I loved how the whole thing was based on Greek mythology too, it makes me want to read the actual myths and stories of the Trojan war, that I realised I actually knew very little about. I love books that make you want to find out more about something, as very little can make me want to do that :)

I loved Starcrossed, and I cannot believe that it is a debut novel, as it definitely does not read like one. It's a well written, well thought out, incredibly readable and totally unputdownable novel, and I need the next one, now!

Thanks to MacMillan for sending me this in exchange for an honest review, and this has in no way affected my opinion of the book.


My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!


Challenges:
2011 Debut Author Challenge #15
2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #25
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #42

Monday, 9 May 2011

Book Review: Clarity by Kim Harrington

Clarity (Clarity, #1)Title: Clarity
Author: Kim Harrington
Series: Clarity #1
Pages: 242
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Date of UK Publication: 1st March 2011
Source: Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads: When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?

This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.

Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case--but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother--who has supernatural gifts of his own--becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?



My Thoughts:
Clarity can see visions of things. Things that have happened to the people wearing or using a certain object. She's not normal, and to everyone around her, she is 'The Freak'. But when a murder is committed, Clare's abilities may come in handy. She's determined to prove that she isn't a fraud, and that her power can be useful, but it doesn't always work when she wants it to. When her brother becomes prime suspect in the murder, she needs it more than ever. But will it work for her?

I enjoyed this book. It was a short quick read, which was exactly what I was looking for.
The characters in the book were my favourite part of the book, because while the plot was good, it wasn't amazing. Anyways, back to the characters.

Clare was a strong main character and I enjoyed reading the book from her point of view. She was extremely loyal to her brother and her mum, and I admire that. But, then again, it is hard to keep things from your mother if she can read you mind. Just saying'...

There was a small love triangle, between Clare, Justin (her ex) and Gabriel (the new boy in town). I prefer Justin, he is so sweet, and it's so obvious how much he is in love with her, and I couldn't help but get annoyed with Clare for being so mean and unforgiving. But Gabriel, I don't know about him, he's a little odd... He comes into town and hates Clare, and then suddenly he's giving up trying to hate her and is in love with her... I don't know, sounds a bit too much like Edward Cullen for me. Only Edward is allowed to hate and then love so quickly ;)

As I said before, the characters were stronger than the plot for me. While the plot wasn't awful, it wasn't amazing either. It was predictable, until there was a twist, but then it went right back to being predictable again. I was very proud of myself, as I guessed who did the murder, but then there was a twist, and I changed my mind. So I sort of guessed, but not really :L

Clarity is a strong debut novel and I really enjoyed reading it. It's a quick read, only 250 pages long, but if that's what you're looking for, it's perfect.


My Rating:
I give it 4 Feet!

Challenges:
2011 Debut Author Challenge #14
2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #24
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #41

Sunday, 8 May 2011

In My Mailbox #15

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

BOUGHT



Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
This is the second in the Books of Faerie series, the first one is called Lament. I'm really looking forward to this, I can't wait, the first one was awesome!

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
I don't really know what this one is about, the blurb is kind of vague... But I've heard awesome things about it so I'm hoping it's good!

Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz
I've already read this, and... meh. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't amazing either. The actual books in the series are a lot better. 

Die For Me by Amy Plum
I've also already read this one, but I read it on NetGalley so I wanted a print, shiny paper copy :)

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
I wanted this way back in January when it first came out, but then when I saw it was coming out in the UK with this gorgeous cover, I had to wait :) It's SO PRETTY! 

FOR REVIEW

It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han (Thanks Penguin!)
This was my first ever book for review from the publishers! :) It was really good, I loved it, can't wait for the next one, though I'm pretty sure the wait will kill me before next year...

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton (Thanks Random House!)
I'm really excited for this one, it looks amazing, and it's a 2011 debut, which is always nice. Don't really know much about it, apart from 'it's awesome!'

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (Thanks MacMillan!)
I'm reading this one now, only on page 50 or so, but it's really good. It's also loosely based around Greek mythology, so that should mean that it's awesome, which so far, it is. :)

BORROWED/GIFTED

Where She Went by Gayle Forman
I borrowed this from my school friend, loved the first book, can't wait to read this one :)

Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender (Thanks to Jill from 30 Nights Insomniac!)
This was my first RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) and it was such a nice surprise! To find out more about RAK go here.


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Thanks to Mia from Gripping Books!)
Really excited for this one, I've heard nothing but good things about it :) Got the ebook copy which is why it's not pictured, but that's fine, it's on my Kindle! :)


Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (Thanks again to Mia from Gripping Books!)
Again, only heard good things about this one too! :) Same as above, it's on my Kindle so it's not pictured... It looks amazing! :D 


What's happened this week at Cheezyfeet Books?
Reviews:
It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz
Memes:
Teaser Tuesday #22: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Book Blogger Hop #27, Follow Friday #22 and TGIF #3
Features:
New Releases in May 2011
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