Friday, 29 June 2012

Storm (Elementals #1)


Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal

★★★★★

Read from June 24 to 27, 2012

Firstly I'd like to say that its a rare book that completely absorbs me to the point of losing track of time and having an inability to put it down.
This was one of those books.
I have read many books that I loved and was absorbed in, but when reading into the night I was always able to put them down and go to sleep when the hour was getting too late.
I could not put this down. When I started reading last night I still had over 55% to read. I finished reading it at 1:30am.
This is a well written, interesting and brilliant story. The characters are unique with realistic personalities and behaviours, similar to real teenagers.
Becca has guts. She's not a push over despite her dark secret which does make her reserved in her relationships with Chris and Hunter.
I enjoyed all the characters, who had their own personality quirks, and you could feel the connections between them throughout the book.
There were fights and/or storms in pretty much all chapters - the brothers fought with everyone. I don't think it was over done though as it didn't feel forced. The story just flowed.
While it was a little predictable the story was excellent - a wonderful idea and fantastically created.
Looking forward to the next in the series. :)

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Book Giveaways & Other Great Things


I have retweeted a couple of these things but for those that missed it here it is again.


Courtney Summers is giving away a signed finished copy of This Is Not A Test. Go here to enter: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Courtney-Summers/145262370138


Marissa Meyer has a Blog Highlights: The Cinder Blog Tour: http://www.marissameyer.com/blogtype/blog-highlights-the-cinder-blog-tour/


Spinebreakers have a chance to win a tin of personalised heart biscuits from Biscuiteers and a copy of The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead. http://www.spinebreakers.co.uk/competitions/win-a-tin-of-personalised-heart-biscuits-from-biscuiteers-and-a-copy-of-the-golden-lily/


Paranormal Fantasy Books Facebook page is going to give away to one lucky fan a copy of 'Hounded' by Kevin Hearne. Go here to enter: https://www.facebook.com/ParanormalFantasyBooks/posts/225233437598159


Good luck!

Monday, 25 June 2012

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)


Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Genre: Young Adult - Post Apocalyptic, Action/Adventure

★★★★★

Read from June 10 to 13, 2012


In a dystopian future where most of the human population were killed by the Red Lung disease, vampires rule and humans are just pets. Those that are not are left to survive in the outer circle of the city, scavenging for food and living in poverty. Then there are the rabids, some gone-bad-vampires/zombie type creatures.
Allison Sekemoto is our protagonist, and she was awesome. Allie hates vampires and has to face death or becoming what she hates. When Allie flees her city, New Covington, she runs into a group of humans and has to hide her true nature from them, as they search for Eden – a city free from vampires.
The characters were well rounded. There were characters I loved and ones I hated – they had personality. Zeke was great, caring, loyal, and able to see behind the monster that Allie became.
Ruth was the mean girl who thinks Allie is after Zeke, who she loves, but also believes Allie is hiding something.
Jed is the leader of the human group looking for Eden. He’s the kind of character that you love to hate, especially in his dealings with Zeke. He is a bit of a surprise at the end but over all I just simply disliked him.
The vampires are real in this book – not the sparkly animal drinking ones. These ones are not human friendly.
Some people have commented that this book was slow in parts but I didn’t find that. I was hooked from the start and felt it was well paced.
Julie Kagawa has a nice writing style. I haven’t read her Iron Fey series but it’s definitely on my reading list now.
This is one of my favourites for the year and I look forward to the next in the series.

Mercy (Mercy #1)


Author: Rebecca Lim
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: October 19th, 2010
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal

★★★★★

Read from June 21 to 24, 2012


Ok, so the blurb on this book is: "Mercy ′wakes′ on a school bus bound for Paradise, a small town where everyone knows everyone else′s business -- or thinks they do. But they will never guess the secret Mercy is hiding .... As an angel exiled from heaven and doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, Mercy is never sure whose life and body she will share each time. And her mind is filled with the desperate pleas of her beloved, Luc, who can only approach her in her dreams. In Paradise, Mercy meets Ryan, whose sister was kidnapped two years ago and is now presumed dead. When another girl disappears, Mercy and Ryan know they must act before time runs out. But a host of angels are out for Mercy′s blood and they won′t rest until they find her and punish her -- for a crime she doesn′t remember committing ..." (Quote taken from Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9548294-mercy)
This book is different. A great blend of mystery, paranormal and romance (that's not in your face). It wasn't predictable and I was guessing who was behind the disappearance of Lauren.
Mercy is a strong willed, can-look-after-herself type character. While she didn't know why she was there or who she was meant to help, I think there was a pretty good balance that she was able to help both Lauren and Carmen.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Cinder (Luna Chronicles #1)


Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Genre: Young Adult - Dystopian, Science Fiction

★★★★★

Read from May 14 to 17, 2012

Cinder  is a gifted mechanic cyborg in New Beijing. Her step mother blames her from the stepsister's sudden illness. Cinder life becomes entwined with Prince Kai and an evil luna queen. She has to discover her past to protect Earth's future.
I loved this book. Even though it was a modern retelling of Cinderella and partly predictable, it was still original. I loved the characters, the story was interesting and I had trouble putting the book down. I can't wait Scarlet.


Friday, 22 June 2012

The Hunt (The Hunt #1)

Author: Andrew Fukuda
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Genre: Young Adult - Dystopian


★★


Read from June 14 to 19, 2012




On the cover of my book it states "If you loved the Hunger Games, you'll love this". Um yeah - No. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it.

Humans are nearly extinct and the only ones remaining are those in the dome being studied at the Heper Institute. What's a heper? - A heper is what the humans are know as. 
A decade ago the vampires held a heper hunt, and this is now the time for the next hunt. 
Our protagonist, Gene, is a heper, and is selected to be one of the hunters in the hunt. 

Yes, this is a different, interesting and creative story.  Maybe it was a little too creative for me. There were a few things that I couldn't get use to, and just down right didn't like. 

Let me elaborate:

There was a lack of world building. This made it difficult for me to picture the situations that Gene was in. 

Gene is getting dehydrated. There is a pond in the Dome, he has seen it. yet he doesn't know where to get water from. Is is able to walk out in daylight, there is no reason he can't walk into the dome area during the day. 

Gene states that hepers "can be so unpredictable like zoo animals" - He is a heper. He isn't like that. He learnt his behaviours, why on earth does he think they wouldn't? He was trained to act like the vampires. Also how is it even possible to stop emotions, flinches, sweating etc. They are a part of being human. I can't fathom how someone could train away those natural occurring bodily functions.

I couldn't get use to the whole scratching of the wrists  and the elbow to armpit thing. I'd also like to know how. since vampires who are changed from humans, would have a completely different way of 'laughing'. 

Vampires aren't friendly here. They only eat bloody meat and hepers are a delicacy since there are so few left. However, for some reason they can and do eat ice cream and cakes. :-/

Vampires can smell hepers from as far away as the dome, but they didn't suspect Gene who was right next to them. 

Lastly, I felt nothing for the characters. They weren't well rounded and I didn't and wouldn't care if anything happened to them. 


That being said, the last 70 odd pages picked up the action and I was interested in what was happening, more so then the 230 pages prior. 

I think this book was too much of a stretch for me to enjoy it, though I'm sure there will be plenty of people that love it. 

Twilight Saga


Author: Stepheine Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Genre: Young Adult - Romance, Paranormal

Instead of putting my reviews seperate for these books, I'm going to put them all here.
Just briefly, overall these books were a quick easy read, but I wouldn't read them a second time.


Twilight

★★★

I've given it 3 stars, but its more a 2.5 star.

Read from April 28 to May 01, 2012

I'm torn. I've never come across a book that I loved and loathed at the same time. That I really couldn't put down, then wanted to throw it across the room out of frustration.
It's hard to pin point what I liked - the story flowed, had my attention, and was a page turner - except where it wasn't.....
If I ignored the things that irritated me, just glossed over those details when they were mentioned (and tried to put them out of my mind), I was able to enjoy reading the book.


New Moon

★★

Read from May 08 to 14, 2012

(Review to come - accidently removed off Goodreads. :(  )


Elicipse


Read from May 19 to 22, 2012

I disliked this book more then the first two. I can't pinpoint why, I was just less impressed. It felt like a lot of reading without much of a story. The main part I remember after reading it was Bella making Charlie's dinner - because it was mentioned.... all the time.
Don't get me wrong, there were some good bits. Bits that made me turn the pages, that kept me interested. I just can't shake the feeling of dislike after finishing this book.
Unlike Twilight, Eclipse hasn't left me wanting to read the next one. It's like the story has been dragged out enough that there is no need to read the next one.


Breaking Dawn

★★★

Read from June 01 to 05, 2012

I actually wasn't going to bother reading this one, because of Eclipse, but this was better then the first three in the series. It was much more interesting and Bella didn't grate on my nerves like in the previous ones. I was a little disappointed in the ending as I was hoping for the Voultri to be taken down, or at least damaged to some extent. (Maybe Bella too). Other then that, this was a much better book then previous and more enjoyable.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Hello and Welcome!

Thank you for visiting my blog! 


Please bare with me. This is the first time I’ve had a blog or tried to blog. 
I’ve started this as a place to share my love of reading, books I’ve enjoyed and books I’ve hated. I have been meaning to do this for a while and since I abandoned a book just recently, this seemed like a good time to start. 
I’m hoping you can all bare with me as I get sorted out and get everything laid out and organised on here. 
Once I have worked out how it all functions I'll upload recent reviews from Goodreads. Considering I'm child free tomorrow I might even get around to writing all the reviews I haven't done yet too.
For now I'm going to keep playing with this until I am happy with the presentation. If there is anything that is hard to read or isn't right that needs changing leave me a comment and I'll see what I can do. :)
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