Friday, 29 March 2013

Book Review: Hidden by Marianne Curley

Hidden (Avena, #1)Title: Hidden
Author: Marianne Curley
Series:  Avena, #1
Pages: 325
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Date of Publication: 14th March 2013
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads: For as long as Ebony can remember, she’s been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It’s as if she’s being hidden.

But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can’t be concealed. She’s growing more beautiful by the day, she’s freakishly strong, and then there’s the fact that she’s glowing.

On one fateful night, Ebony meets Jordan and she’s intensely drawn to him. It’s as if something explodes inside of her—something that can be seen from the heavens. Ebony still doesn’t know that she’s a stolen angel, but now that the heavens have found her, they want her back.


My Thoughts:
I haven't read an angel book for a long time now, because after a while I felt like every single one I was reading followed the same story line and even though I did like them, I wanted something a little bit different, something that wasn't generic. But, seeing as it's been so long since I've read something like this and the cover is absolutely gorgeous, I requested it, and while I had a few problems with it, I'm glad I did as I enjoyed it!

I started reading Hidden at a sleepover when I couldn't sleep at about 4am, thinking it would calm me down a bit and help me get back to sleep... I was so wrong! I read until 6am, when I finally began to feel a little bit tired. It's super easy to read and kept me interested, and it just felt so good reading it. I loved Marianne's easy and relaxed writing style, and while there was a lot of description and telling, I didn't mind because it let me concentrate on the story more, and meant I could sit back and read without having to think too much, which, in the midst of exams and controlled assessments, is definitely not a bad thing!

I really liked Ebony, and there were several things about her character that I thought Marianne wrote really well. Firstly, when she was first told that she was an angel, despite having weird lumpy things on her back that produced feathers and being scarily strong and super fast, she didn't believe it. YAY! If I was told I was an angel, I would laugh in whoever it was that told me's face, and I think most other people would too. She didn't just believe them like so many other characters in books - she was stubborn, and that was awesome. Also, when she first met Jordan, the main male character, she didn't fall in love with him right away. She felt a connection, but it wasn't a romantic one. Again, yay! I'm sick of instalove, so a different kind of connection (although kind of cheesy) was good for me.

I liked Jordan too, more and more as the story went on. I liked his narrative (it's told from two points of view - Ebony's and Jordan's) and I liked learning about angels along with him. I liked the whole storyline with Adam Skinner, which I won't spoil for you, and I liked how he dealt with that because he could have been a dick about it. I do think that unlike Ebony though, he was quick to trust Thane and the angels and that was a little bit unbelievable. But whatever, he was cool anyway.

I did have a couple issues with the pacing in the book though. While I enjoyed the beginning, it lasted a little bit too long. It took a while to get started, and then once it did it went really fast. Like, hardly anything was happening and then all of a sudden it was all happening, if that makes sense. The end felt rushed and I got a little bit confused with who was who and everything that was going on... It also ended on a huge cliffhanger which was pretty annoying, but that's a good kind of annoying :P

Overall, I enjoyed Hidden and I'm grateful that I got a chance to read it. I've heard that Marianne's other books are even better so I'll definitely be digging out my copy of The Named (I think?) and giving that a read sometime, hopefully soon (but probably not...). I'd recommend this if angels are your thing, or if you're feeling a little bit nostalgic like I was. It's a good, quick read and I'm looking forward to the next one!

*Huge thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me this in exchange for an honest review! In no way has this affected my opinion of the book. 

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Letterbox Love #4

Hey! Welcome to my Letterbox Love for this month, I think it is! Hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking. I might just do these monthly, weekly just isn't working, is it...? Oops! Anyway, here's what I've received recently! Also sorry for the quality of these pictures, they're really not that great!


Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
I won this from Rhys at ThirstforFiction agesss ago and I finally got it this week! Can't wait to get started with it - only heard good things about it so far :D I also really like the new cover, which I'd never actually seen before! It's pretty, though lots of people at my youth group thought it was Fifty Shades at first... :S I assured them quickly that it wasn't! It also came with some bookmarks with the old cover, which are super cool. 

Zom-B City by Darren Shan
Third in the Zom-B series. Super excited - the last one ended on a huge cliffhanger so looking forward to getting to this one! Thanks Simon & Schuster!

The Hit by Melvin Burgess
This was unsolicited from Chicken House, but it looks good! I read Melvin's last book, Kill All Enemies, and actually really enjoyed it, so I'm looking forward to this one. Thanks Chicken House!


Geek Girl by Holly Smale (plus swag)
I was super lucky to be invited to the blogger party for the launch of Geek Girl, which was super fun! They had delicious looking cakes (I had to restrain myself because I've given them up for Lent, but the macaroons I could eat and they were awesome) and ping pong (which I suck at - may have embarrassed myself a little bit while playing that), and it was really, really fun. Holly's super nice and the book's great - and I will hopefully write my review this week and get it posted! Also, as you can see, I have a lot of business cards and Geek badges - if you want one or both, in the UK, tweet me and I'll see what I can do :) Thanks HarperCollins!


Lastly, I also went to another blogger party this week, this time it was MIRA Ink's Blogger Party! I went last year and it was super awesome, so super glad I was reinvited and this year was definitely just as good. I'm hopefully going to do a write-up later this week to tell you a little bit about all the awesome books that are coming up this year. Also, isn't that bag super awesome? I love it :D The books pictured are:

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Ink by Amanda Sun
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa (YAY!)
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
With All My Souls by Rachel Vincent
Love Is a Thief by Claire Garber

So that's what I've received in the last month or so, what have you got? Leave me a link in the comments, and if you have any recommendations out of what to read first, let me know! Thanks for reading!

Monday, 18 March 2013

Marissa Meyer UK Signing!

Hey guys! I've just got a quick post here to say...

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)  Marissa Meyer  Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

MARISSA MEYER is doing a UK signing next week!

Marissa Meyer is the author of Cinder and Scarlet, the first two books in The Lunar Chronicles, and they are super awesome! I  really want to go to this signing, and if I can make it I hope to see you guys there too! Details below :) Also, I'm hoping to have some kind of guest post from Marissa (hopefully a Q&A) so look out for that in the next couple of weeks. Lastly, definitely check out both Cinder and Scarlet if you've not read them yet, because they're fab, they really are! You can read my review of Scarlet here. 


Sunday, 17 March 2013

Book Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Requiem (Delirium, #3)Title: Requiem
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series:  Delirium, #3
Pages:  391
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Date of Publication: 21st March 2013
Source: Publisher for review*
Synopsis from Goodreads: Battling against a society in which love has been declared a disease, Lena now finds herself at the centre of a fierce revolution. But the Wilds are no longer the haven they once were as the government seeks to stamp out the rebels. And Lena's emotions are in turmoil following the dramatic return of someone she thought was lost forever...


My Thoughts:
Hmm. Um. Ahh... I kind of don't know what to say about this one. I'm conflicted! I loved this series so much when I read the first two books - they were my favourites for quite a long while. And I really enjoyed this one too, but there were things wrong, and I hate to say it about this series because I have so much love for Lauren Oliver, but I'll be honest - it definitely wasn't my favourite of the series and I was kind of disappointed... Let me explain!

It was really good and in most ways it really lived up to my expectations. I absolutely loved that it was told in dual narrative - one chapter from Lena's POV, and then one from Hana's, etc. I actually preferred reading Hana's point of view to Lena's, because I found Hana trying to come to terms with marrying a man she didn't want to and trying not to have the feelings that she was having much more interesting than Lena trying to decide between Alex and Julian and occasionally hunting or collecting water or whatever she was doing while camping in the Wilds (although saying that, there was a pretty badass exciting bit involving Lena and a bear, but you'll have to read it to find out what that was). Anyway. The dual narrative in this book was a lot better than the 'Then' and 'Now' from Pandemonium. A lot less confusing!

And as always, Lauren Oliver's writing was awesome. Despite not really having a clue what was going on seeing as I read Pandemonium so long ago, it was so easy to read and I quickly got caught up in the story. Whenever I had nothing to do, I would pull it out and read a couple pages, or maybe a chapter, even if I only had a few minutes to spare. It perhaps started a little slowly, but once I'd got about half way I was flying through the pages, and then I read the last 130 pages in one sitting, almost. It gets pretty exciting, that's for sure! A lot happens, and it builds up, and it's really good reading. I don't want to spoil what happens, but yeah. It's good.

And then it ends. It kind of just finishes, in the middle of the action. I'm still confused as to whether this definitely is the last book in the series... Because it really feels like Lauren Oliver has left it on another one of those evil cliffhangers that she's annoyingly good at! I just don't get it. There was no closure, nothing to indicate which side won or even which boy she chooses! One of the things I was most looking forward to about this one was finally finding out which boy she would choose - Alex or Julian. I couldn't decide which one I liked better, so I needed to know, obviously... And I'm disappointed that I honestly don't know! EURGH it is so frustrating! If someone could explain, that'd be lovely. I guess Lauren wanted to leave it open and positively, but still... So yeah. Sorry for the completely mixed feelings here!

THE VERDICT: If you're a fan of the first two books you should definitely read Requiem. Mostly, it's really good, and has everything you would expect from the awesome first two books. Just be wary of the ending, and when you've read it, please tell me how you feel so it's not just me that feels like it didn't finish properly!

Also, I just read my Pandemonium review and this book has completely changed my opinion on quite a lot of things, it would seem! Gosh, this series is so confusing. Let me know what you thought in the comments, but please keep it spoiler free! If you wanna talk about something specific, please feel free to tweet me (@CheezyfeetBooks) instead (DMs though, please, to avoid spoilers!)

*Huge thanks to Hodder for sending me this in exchange for an honest review! In no way has this affected my opinion of the novel.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

World Book Day YA App!

Hey, I know it was two days ago, but Happy World Book Day! I have a post today about the YA app that has been put together and is still available for free, that includes short stories from authors such as Sarah Alderson, Joesphine Angelini and Will Hill. Apologies for it being late!
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TEENS SORTED FOR APP-Y ENDINGS THIS
WORLD BOOK DAY!
· New app launched with free, exclusive new stories from nine top YA authors
· App powered by Movellas.com for download to iOS and Android devices

An eclectic and exciting mix of exclusive new stories from some of the country’s hottest Young Adult (YA) writers has launched on a brand new app for World Book Day.

Available to download for FREE on iOS and Android devices in the UK and Ireland , the app has been developed in partnership with online teen reading and writing platform Movellas.com, with contributions from Sarah Alderson, Josephine Angelini, Dave Cousins, Will Hill, Sarah J. Maas, Patrick Ness, Dawn O’Porter, Chris Ryan and Alex Scarrow.

And joining the top line-up of YA writing talent are a clutch of aspiring young authors from the Movellas community, whose stories have been added to the app after receiving nominations from their peers.

From comedy, friendship and romance, to fantasy, horror and espionage, the app includes something for every teenage reader, whatever their favourite genres or interests.

Broadcaster, author and YA contributor, Dawn O’Porter said, “I’m proud to have my World Book Day story sitting alongside the cream of the country’s young writing crop. I hope members of the Movellas community will be inspired by the new app to continue dreaming up exciting ideas and characters, and developing their own unique voice.”

There are five exclusive stories on the app on release and a further four will be released on World Book Day on 7 March, and available to read on the app for two months.

Yvonne Biggins, Community Director at Movellas commented, “The opportunity to appear alongside their writing idols on the YA app has been a brilliant way to encourage teenagers to develop their own writing skills. Not only have we seen thousands of brilliant entries posted on the site but we've also seen even more voting and commenting on the stories.”

Kirsten Grant, Director of World Book Day said, “The new app and our partnership with Movellas is just one way of getting great book content to Young Adult readers who have a hunger for new stories from top authors. Delivering content digitally and talking to teens in the spaces they like to visit and socialise also allows us to offer a taste of the brilliant fiction that’s out there and hopefully, turn more young people on to reading.”

A brand new space for teens has been developed for the World Book Day website, packed with book recommendations, activities and information on YA book events, while new initiative The Word Herd has launched to give young people creative ideas for sharing their passion for books with schoolmates.

Alongside the World Book Day YA app, a special ‘Story Chain’ game is also being hosted on www.movellas.com, where eight of the app authors have suggested the first line of a new story for members to continue.

Yvonne Biggins said, “Our partnership activity with World Book Day is seeing a brilliant response from our community, and I hope providing a platform for teens to engage in this way sees many more fulfilling our joint mission to keep up the practice of reading and creating throughout the year.”

Visit www.worldbookday.com for more information, the latest news and to subscribe to the free monthly World Book Day e-newsletter.

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I hope you all had a great world book day and will check out the app - I have and it's awesome, I can't wait to read more of the stories. Next week, stay tuned for an interview with Sarah Alderson about her contribution to the app and more! Thanks for reading!

Friday, 1 March 2013

February 2013 Wrap Up

Hello and welcome to my wrap up for February! I've done really badly this month. I guess it's the shortest month of the year so that's my excuse. A crappy one, I know... Anyway. Here's what I read in February!

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)  Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)  The Hanged Man Rises

1. The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
3. The Hanged Man Rises by Sarah Naughton
4. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (reread) (link to old review)

I really enjoyed The Indigo Spell and just like the previous book in the Bloodlines series, The Golden Lily, it ended on a huge cliffhanger that's left me needing book four now! Scarlet was really good, although not quite as good as Cinder I really enjoyed it. It took me two weeks though, not sure what happened there. The Hanged Man Rises was really good, and I have a guest post from the author here, as well as my review which is linked above. Lastly, I'm rereading The Name of the Star because I've forgotten everything that happens at the end and I'm going to read The Madness Underneath next. I can't wait - these books are so awesome and YOU REALLY HAVE TO READ THEM. So obviously, my favourite book of the month is:

THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)

Number of pages read this month: 1504
Average number of pages per book: 376

Here's what I'm looking forward to reading in March: 

The Madness Underneath (Shades of London, #2)  Requiem (Delirium, #3)  Zom-B City (Zom-B, #3)

And here are some other books that are being released in the UK in March!

Hidden (Guardians of Time, #1)    
    Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)

I also thought I would mention that I have a guest post from Sarah Naughton, author of The Hanged Man Rises, talking about what she thinks of ghosts. I also wrote a review of the book here, and both of them need comments... If you have time, I'd really appreciate it!

Also, lastly, I was interviewed today by the awesome Lucy from Queen of Contemporary, so if you'd like to check that out here's the link!

What have you read this month? Did you like it, did you not? What are you looking forward to reading next month? Let me know in the comments!

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