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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Matched by Ally Condie

Hello Everyone!
I need to think of a more inventive word other that "Everyone"..Hmm.. Anyway, I have finished Matched, meaning it is now time for another of my crazy reviews.
Here it is:

 Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched #1
Published: November 10th 2010
No. of Page: 369

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.


                                              Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
                                              however, it was not catapulted into amazing.
 
My Thoughts:  
I was actually quite hesitant to try this book because of the reviews on Goodreads since they are mainly two stars. However, I'm doubling that score because I did enjoy this book. As you may know, I like Kick-ass heroines in adventure books that has romance in, and Cassia isn't exactly Kick-ass. Yet. Still, it was an adorable romance story.

The blurb for this book is actually very misleading, okay? What actually happens is that everything goes well at the matching ceremony and she is matched with Xander (how do you pronounce his name?) but when she goes to put the micro-card that contains all the information about each other, Ky's face appears, and then goes back to Xander. Cassia is obviously worried, the system is supposed to infallible, so what happened. An official soon approaches her, assuring her that this is just some cruel joke because Ky is an Aberration, someone who has committed an infraction or, in Ky's case, their parents have. Despite all the reassurances, Cassia is still curious about Ky, so she asks permission to tell her Grandfather, who is scheduled to die the next day.

 I have to talk about this bit. The chapter where Cassia's grandfather dies is probably the most I have cried at a book. It was so emotional and her Grandfather was so strong, that he instantly became my favourite character in the series. After reading that bit, I cried and cried, although I tried not to wake anyone up, because it was just so emotional, and this scene is where we first she the spark of rebellion. Cassia's grandfather, hid a poem that is not supposed to have been kept, in Cassia's artifact a compact. He read it before he died, and then leaves it in the compact, where Cassia then reads it before having to destroy it. I instantly fell in love with this poem. So I have to include them in the review:
  
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.


 In a way, Cassia and Ky's relationship develops because of that poem, Cassia tells him the lines of the poem, and Ky teaches her how to write, as well as giving her drawings and words that tell her about his life. The pair slowly fall in love despite receiving a warning, and Cassia eventually tells Xander how she feels. That went well...

This all shows that the society they live under isn't at all as perfect as it seems to be, and there seems to be secrets under the formation of Cassia and Ky's relationship, that wasn't as much of a mistake as it seems. This seems a good place to talk about how the society works. Basically, everything is chosen for you: The meals you eat, the activities you do, the poems you read, the paintings and songs, even the person you marry. To Cassia, this is all normal until she meets Ky. She starts to question what she wants, and it is exactly the opposite of what she should. She wants to wear her own clothes, eat her own food, run as much as she wants but she can't. I found that this society was actually in a way worse that those that are directly oppressive. Simply because people didn't understand what was happening, they didn't understand that they had a chance to do what they wanted, that they were actually living in fear. This just made me hate the officials and the society for doing this to those people.

Now, onto teams. I'm so sorry Xander, I have to go with Ky, not just because he has a name I can pronounce. I felt that Xander and Cassia had to be together whilst Cassia and Ky they chose to be together and you have to follow your heart. Xander, you are a nice guy, but you've been friend-zoned.
Before I end, here is a quote:
“That’s how I know they are dreams. Because the simple and plain and everyday things are the ones that we can never have. (Cassia Reyes)”
― Ally Condie,
Matched
 Bye!
  


Thursday, 25 April 2013

Clarity by Kim Harrington

Hi Everyone!

So, I finished this book pretty quickly and now it is time for my review.. I really want to read the second book, Perception, now..!
Here it is:

 Title: Clarity
Author: Kim Harrington
Series: Clarity #1
Published: March 1st 2011
No. of Pages: 246

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?


                                         4 stars: Page decides that this book was very 
                                         enjoyable however, it was not catapulted into amazing.

My Thoughts:

The first time I heard of this book, I was really curious about it, but I was afraid it would be some crazy, psychological thriller that would deprive me of sleep for the foreseeable future. But don't worry, it wasn't. Unless you like the whole "I like to be scared out of my wits" thing, then those with a taste for mystery will enjoy it.

Clare has special gift. When she touches an object, she can sometimes see a memory or moment that is associated with that object. Her gift is unpredictable, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. One thing for sure is that it gets her labelled as a freak.
Then a girl named Victoria is murdered, and Clare's ex-boyfriend Justin, who cheated on her while drunk, wants her to help solve the case. Clare agrees, and starts working alongside Justin and Gabriel, the detective's son who Clare may secretly like, to solve the mystery.
But then it starts to get personal, Clare's brother tells her that he was with Victoria the night she was murdered, but it wasn't him who killed her. Whilst hiding this from the police, Clare can only hope to solve the murder before someone finds out about her brother, and she doesn't have much time. The case then evolves into something more serious. People who were linked to the case are ending up dead, adding two more bodies to the count, and Clare can't help wondering who'll be next.
When her brother's secret is discovered, Clare has to find more answers, because even thought Perry has been released, he is still the number one suspect. The unlikely killer hides in the shadows, in all the victim's memories, not leaving behind a single trace of their identity, except for one.

Let's start with the ending. I did not expect the killer to be who it was, there was at least some other people who were more likely for it to be but in the end it wasn't any of them. It was no Agatha Christie mystery but I'll say that there was the element of betrayal there...
The book left quite an open ending to the story meaning that a sequel could be picked up from any point, allowing there to be more freedom. I need to read Perception..

Onto the boys. So we have two teams: Team Gabriel, and Team Justin. I think I've got both feet planted firmly on the Gabriel side, although there was one point that I thought I was going to have to go over to the Justin side... there is a tattoo with a name on involved. Anyway, Gabriel is smoking hot and I'm pleading with Clare for her to ignore Justin (Please friend-zone him) and to go out with Gabriel..Please? Gabriel is just so,..I can't find words, he is just mysterious and awesome and mysterious and you pretty much get the idea. Justin, is just Justin, I'm sorry.
So onto Justin. No. Just, no. I mean he cheated on Clare, even if he was drunk (I'm now going to quote Taylor Swift..) Clare "should have been there in the back of his mind and she shouldn't be asking herself why", so Justin obviously doesn't deserve her, even if he grovels and is a nice person. I hate it if I have to change teams because the person I liked has done something unforgivable so Gabriel better be good..

If you like mystery books or detective novels, than this is a good book for you to read, I definitely enjoyed it!

You probably know that I have this unhealthy obsession with quotes, so here is one:

“Did you know that ninety-eight percent of statistics are made up on the spot?”
― Kim Harrington, Clarity 


Bye!



Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Divergent 3 has a title!

Hi everyone!

I was looking at Goodreads and I happened to stumble across the fact that Divergent 3...has a title. Yes, a title. And I did only find this out just now because, no, I still haven't found a site with all things Divergent on to stalk. Not that I do that with other books...
Anyway, the title is Allegiant. That's it. Allegiant.

It's not that I don't like it, it's just that, what is going on here? I mean we had the lovely titles Divergent and Insurgent and now we have Allegiant. What does that have to do with anything? The other titles end in "ent" and this one ends in "ant". Yes, there is a difference.

For the purpose of this post, here is a definition of Allegiant:

1. Loyalty or the obligation of loyalty, as to a nation, sovereign, or cause.

So, the title Divergent is about being different, and Insurgent, is about rebellion, etc. And Allegiant? Well, it just makes me lose that spark of rebellion we had going on there..

Okay, deep breaths. That was my little rant... I apologise...
Apart from that, the title does seem very good on the account that it signifies that we might get a peaceful ending! Meaning we'll have peace and can see Tris and Four being happy together...

I'm pretty excited, I already love October...


Tell me what you think about the title in the comments below!

Bye!



Monday, 22 April 2013

Guess What?

Hi Everyone!

So a while ago I saw a post on Sarah Alderson's twitter, where I found out that The Blog "Books of Amber" needed someone to write a recap of the Fated series. Me, loving Sarah Alderson's books, contacted Amber saying I'd be happy to write the recaps for her.
When she contacted me back, I wrote them and then sent them and she has just put them up on her Recaptians blog. Since I loved writing them, I'm posting the links here for you lovely people! (They contain major spoilers so only read if you know what happens.)

Fated

&

Severed:

 I hope you enjoy reading them!

Bye!

 


Sunday, 21 April 2013

My Reading List: 21/04/13

Hi Everyone!

So...I have two new books to add to my reading list and I thought you may like to see them. I still have to read the books from my previous list, but I was reading Percy Jackson and that took me ages and now I'm reading Golden, which I hopefully think is good!
By the way, The Official Weaving Pages Dolphin (Should we refer to him as TOWPD?) was busy swimming, so he is not in the picture..


  The One Dollar Horse: I have wanted to read this since summer 2011, and you may remember me reviewing a different series from Lauren St John.. Anyway, this book has neon pink pages which makes me excited..!

Code: This is the next book in the Virals series and I'm looking forward to reading it. It has an awesome cover even though it is completely different to the other two. I also have 206 bones to read by same author...I'm not going to sleep whilst reading that..

So, my friends, that is it for now!

Bye!  



Saturday, 20 April 2013

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Hi Everyone,

I finally finished this book and now it is time for another one of my crazy reviews.. I also get to try out my new Rating Scale..
Here it is:

Title: The Lighting Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Published: April 1st 2006
No. of Pages: 375

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
 


                                  Page tweets once, he didn't have strong      
                                  feelings for this book. It was just ok.

My Thoughts:
  
Like I said, I'm guilty of the fact that I saw the movie before the book but at least I could compare the two. I am appalled a the movie, it doesn't even have the same storyline? Where did Persephone's Pearls come from? Where was Ares and Clarisse? And they could of least got 12 year old actors!

Anyway, this review is about the book, not the film, so I'll start talking about that. 
Percy Jackson has always gone to boarding school, but this time it's different. Last time he didn't have Grover as a friend or Latin teacher who doesn't think he's stupid, so when he's about to get kicked out, well, he's sad.
Then on a school trip, the Maths teacher turns into a monstrous creature, intent on killing him but she is stopped, and then everyone says there was never a maths teacher called Mrs Dodds. Percy eventually goes back home, and him and his mum go to the beach where suddenly Grover appears warning them to go. Percy still has no idea what is going on but his mum knows and suddenly Grover has hooves where his feet were..
They're drive to a camp his mum and Grover keep talking about when they are attacked by a beast, Half-man and Half-bull. Grover is injured and Percy manages to dodge it but his mum get captured, disappearing into a cloud of shimmering Gold. In his anger, Percy manages to get the Minotaur's horn and stab it, resulting in Percy fainting.
Percy wakes up at Camp Half-Blood, a place for the offspring of Gods and Mortals. He learns that Grover is in fact, a Satyr and also meets Annabeth, daughter of Athena.
 Percy's father is still undetermined, causing him to stay in the Hermes cabin where he meets nineteen year old Luke.
After a game of Capture the Flag, Percy is determined the son of Poseidon, something that should be impossible since Poseidon is part of the big three, and they have vowed not to have children.
Soon afterwards Percy starts having dreams. He identifies that Poseidon and Zeus are fighting and he sets off on a quest to find what they are looking for: Zeus' master bolt.
He is joined by Grover and Annabeth and together they confront monsters such as the Furies, Medusa and Echidna on their Journey to the Underworld.

You will really love this book if you like Mythology, like I do. However, the reason I only gave it 3 stars was I felt like I wanted to finish it and I knew what was going to happen becuse of that awful film...

Anyway, I will be reading Sea of Monsters since I don't know whats happening in that one!

Bye!



Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Rating Scale

Hi everyone,

Since it was getting confusing for me to know what rating to give a book, I decided to make a rating scale, featuring the Official Weaving Pages Dolphin's best friend, Page the bird. I also have some awesome news. If you've heard of a website named Edelweiss, where you can request e-galleys, you may guess what it is. I have been accepted to review a book named Golden! I'm very excited, and I will start reading it as soon as I finish Percy Jackson. However, I'll only be able to publish it once it comes out (May 14th) so you may have wait a while for more reviews.. But I will do my best to keep posting awesome news!
Anyway, onto the rating scale:


                                             
                                         5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
                                         flying with joy.

                                         4.5 stars: Page agrees this book was wonderful, apart
                                         from a tiny bit.

                                         4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
                                         however, it was not catapulted into amazing.

                                         3.5 stars: Page thinks this book was good, but didn't
                                              make him fly.

                                         3 stars: Page tweets once, he didn't have strong
                                          feelings for this book. It was just ok.

                                         2 stars: Page shakes his head. He was unsatisfied
                                             with this story.

                                          1 star: Page is very unhappy. This book failed to
                                             make him tweet, sing or fly.


That, my friends, is the rating scale. Also, please note that it is me, Rita, who reviews the books (and I'm not a dolphin or a bird for that matter). Page jut decided to be on the Review scale since the place of mascot was taken by the Official Weaving Pages Dolphin.

I hope this makes things easier,

Bye Bye!

 




Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Kentucky Thriller by Lauren St. John

Hi Everyone!

So I just finished Kentucky Thriller in two days, but that was because it was pretty short. Anyway, do not be put off by the rating. It's just because this is Junior Fiction meaning that the book isn't that exciting for older people. Anyway, it's still a fun, light read so pick it up if you get the chance. (There's this new series by Lauren St. John that I want to read, by the way..)

Title: Kentucky Thriller
Author: Lauren St. John
Series: Laura Marlin Mysteries #3
Published: Unknown
No.of Pages: 177
Rating: 3.5 stars

Laura Marlin's two greatest loves in life are detective novels and animals, so she is ecstatic when her uncle agrees to let her keep a horse after they rescue it, crazed with fear, from an overturned horsebox. But he has a condition. Before he will allow her to adopt it they have to find its former owner, just to ensure that it hasn't been stolen. A visit to Newmarket to investigate the thoroughbred's origins leads Laura to the Kentucky Derby in the US and deep into the murky world of race-fixing.

My Thoughts:

This story/series is a good, light read for anyone who likes animals and mysteries. It has a great combination of the two.

So Laura, Tariq and her Uncle are on their way to a picnic, when there uncle decides to take a short cut. Suddenly, they swerve off the road and just manage not to hit a horsebox. Thinking there is no pony inside, Laura's uncle calls the police, when suddenly something starts throwing a bucking bronco inside the horsebox. Turns out, what bursts out of the horsebox isn't quite a pony. Try a horse.

So the result is that after some research, they find out that this horse has been stolen, and the horse is one of the most famous horse ever. Gold Rush.
After the horse's owners, The Wainrights, discovers Tariq's special way with animals, they insists they come to Kentucky with him for a holiday on fleet farm and so that Tariq can help Noble Warrior, Gold Rush's horse, win the Kentucky Derby, and more is at stake then just a rosette.

Now as soon as they arrive, strange happenings occur. Especially problems that seemed to be caused by a wild-cat smell. Laura's mind is whizzing, why was her accident so similar to Kit's, The Wainright's fifteen year-old granddaughter. And why did Laura see two different horseboxes arrive on the same night. Laura is starting to fear it could be one of the staff, or maybe even the Straight A's. A gang that Laura has had more than enough run-in's with.
Behind the powerful horses, and the ladies in pretty hats lie much darker secrets, and Laura isn't sure if she wants to find out what they are.

I have to say, depsite this being a children's book, it keeps you guessing, as well as Laura making many deductions I'm sure I couldn't.
Just in case your interested, I'm going to post a photo of the Kentucky Derby, because I was interested too. Here it is:
 

It's cool, isn't it?
Back onto the book, I have to say that it has wonderful illustrations at the start of each chapter, giving you a glimpse at what lies in store..
Also, Lauren St John usually puts a nice note at the end of her books, meaning that you can understand the moral of the story and also any inspiration she might of had. I do love reading this!

Bye for now!
 


Monday, 15 April 2013

Catching Fire Teaser Trailer!

Hi!

The Catching Fire teaser trailer is out!! I woke up to this wonderful spectacle this morning, and forced the whole of my family to watch it..
Just from this clip, I can already see hat this is going to be an amazing movie, there is no way it could possibly fail. (Except for the bit where Katniss kissed Gale, and my reaction is: "Noo! You don't like him! Don't do this to me/yourself! Go kiss Peeta instead!)

Yes.. I'm a pretty hardcore Peeta fan, I mean, who isn't? Why can't he be real..

Anyway, instead of listening to my ramblings you probably want to actually see the trailer, So your wish is my command:

You're going to love it!

Bye,



The Laura Marlin Mysteries by Lauren St.John

Hi Everyone,

On my bedside table is the book Kentucky Thriller by Lauren St.John. So since that is the third book in a series I'm doing a special post for the other two.
Here it is:
 
 Titles: Dead Man's Cove (#1), Kidnap in the Caribbean (#2)
Author: Lauren St. John
Series: Laura Marlin Mysteries #1 & #2
Rating: 4 stars










Plot: This series follows an Orphan, Laura, when she goes to live with her uncle, Calvin. From then on, she gets involved in a series of mysteries which provide the storyline.

My Thoughts:

I've never been a fan of books like The Famous Five, Secret Seven, etc. which is surprising considering the fact that I'm a sucker for mystery and adventure books. However, I was first introduced to Lauren St. John's writing by a friend who bought ' The White Giraffe ' for me. I absolutely loved it and I have consequently read all the books in that series, and then I discovered this series when it came out, and I absolutely loved it!


Dead Man's Cove:

Dead Man's cove is the first book in the series. Here, we meet orphan Laura as she moves in with her mysterious Uncle Calvin. Her uncle always warns her not to go down to Dead Man's Cove, because of the high tides. However, the tide isn't just the problem.
We meet Tariq, the Indian boy who who works for his adoptive parents, the well respected owners of the grocery store. Laura is determined to find out why he regularly has cuts and bruises on his arms and why he rarely speaks.
Also, what is it with her uncle's grumpy house keeper, and her uncle's midnight walks. Laura is determined to be like her favourite detective and find out.

Kidnap in the Caribbean: 

I got Kidnap in the Caribbean for Christmas. Laura enters a raffle draw to win a holiday on a cruise. But what is it with the seller's sudden disappearance and her suspicious behaviour?
When Laura wins, she doesn't suspect anything, she just goes with Sky, her Uncle, and Tariq on the cruise, but then strange happenings begin. Her uncle trips, and Laura finds hooks where the line that caused him to trip would be, and old friends come back..
When her Uncle is taken, Laura and Tariq are forced to escape and hide on a mountain, and this time, he annoying friend they made on the cruise ship might be the only one who can save them.   

I Love this series and can't wait to read Kentucky Thriller.. It should be great!!

Bye Bye!









Sunday, 14 April 2013

Random news..

Hi guys,

So firstly, at the MTV movie awards, the Catching Fire trailer is going to be revealed!!! I can't wait! I will post the trailer as soon as I can get it..

Now secondly, if you follow Ally Carter (author of the Gallagher Girls series, and Heist Society) you'll know or maybe you won't that she did a live video hangout! I participated, and most of my questions got answered! It was so fun and I really enjoyed it. Here is the link:

http://twitcam.livestream.com/ecs39

Enjoy!




Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Hi Everyone!

I finished Everbound last night, and I reviewed Everneath yesterday. So here's the review for Everbound: (Spoilers for Everneath, You have been Warned! Other spoilers are in red.)

Title: Everbound
Author: Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #2
Published: January 22nd 2013
No. of pages: 358
Rating:4 stars

Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.


My Thoughts:

So I think I enjoyed this book more than the first one for some reason, maybe it was because there was more adventure. This book explores it's basis of mythology more than the first one as well, since quite a lot of it is set in the Everneath. This book also has the 'where I am, when' thing, so we also see quite a few flashbacks.

At the end of the last book, Jack sacrificed himself, which I did not expect, so this book is focused on Nikki's journey through the Everneath along with Cole, Max and a guy named Ashe, as she trys to find Jack.
At the beginning, Nikki is extremely depressed, and talks to Jack each night in her dreams. This is important because she is the reason he's still alive, much like Jack was the reason she was alive during the feed.
During the day, Nikki spends her time trying to guess where the Deads (Cole's band) will come next, because when she finds him, she hopes to get a piece of his hair, which can transport her to the Everneath.
Of course, like all our favourite reckless heroines, Nikki doesn't quite note that there is small problem in her amazing plan.
When she gets there, the queen, the shades, and pretty much all the Everlivings sense her energy, which means she probably is going to get eaten, but then Cole saves her.
So we get to plan B. Blackmail. Which works. (when in doubt, resort to Blackmail).
So now we get to our awesome journey through the Everneath. They have to go through a maze, through the Ring of Earth, Ring of Water, Ring of Wind and the Ring of Fire. You may wonder, how on earth, they make their way through a maze, and it is all down to a tether, made up of Nikki's memories of Jack (I imagine it as a compass needle). 
Their journey is pretty dangerous. That's probably because the Everneath is seriously messed up. They have things named wanderers, lakes of blood and guilt, and also fire made up of despair. They are very miserable. So let's just say, that the journey is pretty eventful.

Now onto Cole, if you read the Everneath review, you'll know that I was unsure, but leaning towards team Jack. Scratch that. I am so team Jack. Brodi Ashton managed to lull me into a false sense of security that Cole was becoming nice. And then comes the ending. You may not view it as the following but I thought that it was a killer cliffhanger/twist. It also completely changed my view of Cole. He is filled with betrayal and you shouldn't trust him. He is untrustworthy. I'm upset because I really wanted to like Cole and I was beginning to want him to be happy, but then, the ending comes, and my reaction is: Nooooo! How could you???

Anyway, this book probably caused a bigger reaction from me than the first one and I really enjoyed it. I liked how it has roots in mythology that you can relate to, which is good because I quite like books based on mythology. I'm a sucker for Greek Mythology in particular (I did a project in year 5 and I won in my class..!)

Bye Bye,
 



P.S. Do you like Mythology? Leave a comment, and tell me!


Saturday, 13 April 2013

My Reading List

Hi everyone,

Just so you can see what reviews are coming up and what I will be reading , I have taken a picture to show you all the books: (Please note these are NOT arc copies.)



By the way, the dolphin is the official Weaving Pages dolphin, it is also the patron saint of Bloggy-ness.

Matched: The reviews for this book are mixed but I'm quite excited to read it. Hopefully it will be good. Apparently, the 'teams' are Ky and Xander, I've got no idea who I'll choose..

Everbound: As you can see, if you look at the side-bar, this is what I'm currently reading (and enjoying) it is the sequel to Everneath, who's review I posted today. The review for Everbound will be up when I finish reading.

Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief: Regrettably, I've seen the movie but I haven't read the books (Yes, I am ashamed of myself), but apparently the movie is very bad compared to the books. However, I'm looking forward to reading this.

The Body Finder: So I was looking on Goodreads, and apparently, this book is really good. It seems really good, but I hope it doesn't scare the heck out of me.

The Iron King: Like The Body Finder, this book has had good reviews on other blogs, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Kentucky Thriller: So, this is the third book Laura Marlin Mysteries series by Lauren St John, I've read the other two, and I will post a review of the last two before reviewing this one.

Clarity: I've wanted to read this book for a while, but I was scared it would scare me.. I know.. Anyway, I'm two curious so I must simply read it!

206 Bones: This book is going to scare me. Badly. I just know it. But I saw it, and I've read the Virals series by the same author so I had to give it a try. I do feel very guilty because this is a series of books and this definitely isn't No. 1. I figured it wouldn't matter but.. I've only ever done this when satisfying my addiction to Agatha Christie books..

So that's all but I do have some awesome news. Rumour has it (Reminds me of the Adele song) that there is going to be an... Infernal Devices Film!!!!! Yesss! I can't wait! I#'m going to cry...

Bye!

 


Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Hi everyone!

So I'm currently reading Everbound by Brodi Ashton, but since it's the 2nd book in a series, well, you would be all confuzzled (It's an awesome word) if you didn't get a review for the 1st book, so here it is:

Title: Everneath
Author: Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #1
Published: January 24th 2012
No. of Pages: 370
Rating: 4 stars

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she's returned--to her old life, her family, her boyfriend--before she's banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance--and the one person she loves more than anything. But there's just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's queen.

Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.


My Thoughts: 

I really enjoyed reading Everneath, as it was amazingly unique. It's a tale of romance and will probably make you cry in some parts.

After being taken into the Everneath, Nikki survived. She wasn't supposed to, she was supposed to grow old, but instead something, or someone kept her alive.
Now Cole, the immortal who brought her to the Everneath, wants to make her his queen, but Nikki has other ideas. You see the someone who kept her anchored is a boy, and just the image of his face makes her decide to go back to the surface, but only sixth months before the shades come and get her.

This book usually starts a chapter by telling us where Nikki is and how long she has left on the surface. Sometimes, we go back to flashbacks of the time before Nikki disappeared and we get a glimpse of her relationship with Jack (the someone who kept her alive), how she met Cole, and why she went to the Everneath (trust me, there is a reason) .

When Nikki left, everyone around her fell apart. Jack got a tattoo and a piercing, her father got bad press (he's the town's mayor) and it doesn't help that Nikki's mother died after being hit by a drunk driver before she disappeared. Nikki's reason for being back on the surface is so she can make amends with the people she left behind before she's taken back to the Everneath, and Jack is one of them. However, Nikki has a slight problem. Cole is still following her around, trying to convince her to become his queen, testing Nikki's willpower, seeing if he can convince her.

This book is truly romantic and has some roots in mythology. The relationship between Nikki and Jack is heart-warming and difficult. After Nikki comes back, the relationship is strained, with Nikki unsure how to act and what to do. Thankfully, they get back together, leading to an unexpected twist at the end...

Now onto the boys of his novel. I actually found myself really unsure of who's 'Team' I was on, however, I did find myself leaning towards Jack. You see they are both pretty hot but they are completely different characters. Jack is really sweet and truly loves Nikki but I also couldn't help liking Cole, but he was a bit possessive and stalker-ish and that is not an attractive trait..

So Overall, I really liked this book and I will leave you all with a quote:
 “Stay with me, Becks. Dream of me. I am ever yours.”
― Brodi Ashton, Everneath  


Bye Bye!

 


Friday, 12 April 2013

Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Hi awesome people,

I've just finished reading Vanish and it was awesome, I can't wait till I read Hidden (it's only out in September this year!!! Noooooo!)
Now for the review: (Spoilers will be in red)


 Title: Vanish
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #2
Published: September 6th 2011
No. of Pages: 294
Rating: 4 stars

An impossible romance.
Bitter rivalries.
Deadly choices.

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?


My Thoughts:

I thought that Vanish was pretty awesome, with a mean cliffhanger at the end.. Why?? I can't wait till September!! 

If you have read the book, you will know what twist of fate happened to Tamra, but for those who haven't I'm not going to tell you..
We pick off in the car, where Jacinda & co are escaping back to the pride, after the events of the last book.  After a brief encounter with the hunters, during which Tamra shades them (she technically makes the hunters forget what happened.)  This causes Jacinda to wonder if Will will even remember why she had to leave?
Once they get back to the pride, Jacinda is let off without a punishment because of what has happened to Tamra and the fact that she came back willingly. In my opinion, her body went back willingly but her heart and soul went by force. Now isn't that poetic?
Despite all this, Jacinda is walking on eggshells. Tamra is staying with Nidia, and her mum is slowly sinking into depression. Also, pretty much most of the pride don't trust Jacinda and she loses her job at the Library.

That is pretty much the first part of the book. Now for the other parts, Will comes into the picture. Yay!
Will has found her, and he hasn't been shaded because... I'm not telling you..
So when he sees Jacinda, he proposes a plan: Run away together.
Obviously Jacinda is slightly overwhelmed and they decide to meet again in two weeks. And it all goes horribly wrong from there.

I can't tell you anymore because of spoilers, so instead the next bit will be in red because I need to have a rant.

When Miriam finds(when I say finds, more like followed) Jacinda to the woods and then they both get captured, I was so annoyed, because then Jacinda decides to go back to the pride because she feels guilty. Then as a punishment she has to bond with Cassian!!! I was hitting the book at this stage!

Overall, I think the book was romantic, awesome and loveable... So I bid you farewell with a quote:

“I won’t let him retreat from me. We’ve come too far. I’ll fight for us even if it’s him I have to fight.”
― Sophie Jordan, Vanish  

  
Bye Bye!

 


Thursday, 11 April 2013

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Hi everyone,

So right now, I'm reading Vanish by Sophie Jordan, and for your benefit, I'm doing a review of Firelight, the first book, here:


Title: Firelight
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #1
Published: September 7th 2010
No. of Pages: 326
Rating: 4 stars


A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away;if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I found the characters cool (I love Will) and the world of the Draki is absolutely awesome.

Jacinda has been in the pride ever since she was born. She is a fire-breather (if you haven't guessed by the name, yeah, she breathes fire) making her a prize, an object everyone wants to posses. Especially Cassian (don't get me started on him).
After flying without being supposed too, Jacinda is chased by hunters, forcing her to hide in a cave, where her life is saved by Will (an amazingly awesome hunter).
Unfortunately for her, Jacinda has just toed the line meaning, that a punishment is in store.
Her mum draws the line, she takes Jacinda and Tamra, Jacinda's twin who is a defunct draki, (a draki that has never manifested) and they leave the pride much to Jacinda's dismay.
You see, Jacinda's mum takes them to the desert with the hope that Jacinda will let her Draki go, which is what her Mum has done. Jacinda refuses, sneaking outside when she can to try and manifest. However, the more she's in the desert, the more she starts to lose her draki, until she finds her answer. Will.
Will is at the same school she's attending, and she's instantly drawn to him. Unfortunately(or is it a good thing since it helps Jacinda manifest?), every time they kiss, Jacinda nearly manifest, meaning she nearly burns Will and wings threaten to rip through her shirt.

After a bad incident with some annoying jealous girls from school, Jacinda manifests and Will sees, unveiling her kind's most protected secret. Oops.
But Will, being the awesome guy he is doesn't tell anyone or judge her and everything is  awesome until.. Well, your going to have to read the book to find out..

Now onto Will, the hunter, and Cassian, the onyx draki.
Will is hot. He is awesome. He is kind.. Awww. Do I have to say anymore? I absolutely love Will, I mean he saves Jacinda even though he belongs to a family of hunters and he would be willing to do anything to save her.
Now Cassian. Hmph. I am so team Will. Cassian is just so Possesive and urgh. He's not Will. I mean just as Jacinda has gone and started being happy with Will, Cassian comes along and starts being himself. I don't like Cassian. Also, he might actually like Jacinda for who she is and that just makes it worse because I hate it when you want to not like a character and then they start being nice...
Tamra is a character that grows on you, especially in the 2nd book but sometimes she can be a bit spiteful. I understand that you would be annoyed if your twin manifested and you didn't but couldn't she try to be more happy? Anyway, there is a nice surprise for Tamra at the end of Firelight/start of Vanish.

In conclusion, (This reminds me of when you have to write something in science..) I think this book was funny, enjoyable, and suspensive (is that a word? No it isn't sorry..) and I recommend it to anyone who like romance, fantasy, etc. So go read it...

Here's a quote:
“After running for my life from hunters, a girl with too much lip gloss doesn't register on my fear radar.”
― Sophie Jordan, Firelight 


Bye Bye!


Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Seizure by Kathy Reich

Hi Everyone!

So I did a review of Virals by Kathy Reich and now I've just finished book 2, Seizure. So here is the Review!:

Title: Seizure
Author: Kathy Reich
Series: Virals #2
Published: October 18th 2011
No. of Pages: 496
Rating: 4 stars


Ever since Tory Brennan and her friends rescued Cooper, a kidnapped wolf pup with a rare strain of canine parvovirus, they've turned from regular kids into a crime-solving pack. But now the very place that brought them together - the Loggerhead Island Research Institute - is out of funding and will have to shut down. That is, unless the Virals can figure out a way to save it.

So when Tory learns of an old Charleston legend about a famous she-pirate, Anne Bonney, whose fortune was never found, she can't believe her luck - buried treasure is exactly what she needs to save the Institute on Loggerhead! Trouble is, she and her friends aren't the only ones looking for it. And this time, the Virals' special powers may not be enough to dig them out of trouble . . .


My Thoughts:

This book was awesome. Again. It managed to make me feel scared at the appropriate times and make me laugh when needed as well. Kathy Reichs is awesome. This book made me want to watch 'Bones' but there is the slight problem that as much as I love watching CSI, Bones, etc. I can't sleep after watching them, they scare me out of my mind. I mean I can actually still tell you what happened in one of the CSI epsisodes that scarred me for life..

Anyway, Tory and her friends are still fresh from their last adventure and they are trying to get to grips with their new found powers. Tory has an amazing sense of smell (she can smell emotions) plus she can also get inside the minds of the other virals. Hi has amazing sight, Shelton amazing hearing, and Ben is really strong and fast. So they are just settling down when, shock horror, they get the news that LIRI (the company their parents work for) is going to shut down because of funding cuts.
So our lovely Tory obviously finds a way to make a suicidal plan by finding Pirate treasure. Of course I love Tory for this because without her suicidal plans we wouldn't have the Virals and that wouldn't be any fun at all.
So they set off trying to find Anne Bonny's treasure (who may just be Tory's great great great pirate grandma). The Virals just love committing felonies so they go to a museum and discover that the pirate section is closed. Fortunately, they sweet talk some museum curators and get an 'exclusive visit' and of course they have to go steal the treasure map. 
The map goes and leads them on a hunt that includes pawnshops, ghost tours, claustrophobic places, dungeons, islands and, my favourite, booby-traps. They also get shot at, get followed and discover some people aren't what they seem...

I love how at the end, without giving anything away, they are at a police station and despite robbing so many places and having done so many break and enter-ings they are still allowed to go free! I find this hilarious.
Also, Hi is so funny, he says/does the most hilarious things, here is my favourite line describing Hi in one of the action scenes: "Hi wrapped himself around one enormous leg like an angry badger." Isn't that an awesome description?

I can't wait to read Code now and I hope there will be more Virals books after that one. I bid you goodye with a quote:

“You'll start talking, and pretty soon we'll all start nodding, and then the next thing you know, I'm hang gliding off the Eiffel Tower at night, being chased by ninja vampires”
― Kathy Reichs, Seizure  


I resist I'm giving you another quote:
“We did just leave an insane asylum,” Hi agreed. “For all we know, Chance spend his nights dancing naked with sock puppets, plotting to invade Canada.”
― Kathy Reichs, Seizure  


Bye Bye,
 


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