"A house without books is like a room without windows" ~HEINRICH MANN

December 13, 2010

Book Review ~ Undead and Unappreciated

Title: Undead and Unappreciated
Author: MaryJanice Davidson
Rating: 5
Cover: 4
Most women would love to live as royalty, but Betsy has found that being vampire queen has more problems than perks, except for always being awake for Midnight Madness sales. It may be easy to find blood (yuck) in the dark of night, but try finding a strawberry smoothie. And employees at her nightclub Scratch have been giving her nothing but grief since she killed their former boss. Some people...

 
But Betsy's "life" takes an interesting turn at a baby shower for her wicked stepmother, who lets it slip that Betsy has a long-lost half sister. Now twenty years old, this woman just so happens to be the devil's daughter...and destined to rule the world.


Undead and Unappreciated is the third book in the Undead series by MaryJanice Davidson. I absolutely LOVED the first two books and this book was another great one. I am personally a huge fan of her writing style and enjoy every last word! This book is probably my favourite out of the three I've read, it is gripping, humorous, original and just a great read.

I adore Betsy and her shoe fetish! She is a great character with a great sense of humor. The comedy in these books is what makes me like them so much more than others. It's hard to find a funny paranormal book and this book hits the spot! It is simply amazing and if you haven't already read the first to... scamper off and buy them :p

~T

December 12, 2010

Event: Busting the Newbie Blues

This Event is basically designed to get new bloggers out there (: It was started over at  Small Review.
  1. When did you start your blog?
    In October I'm pretty sure :P
  2. Why did you start your blog?
    I loved reading other bloggers reviews and thought it was a great idea to share my opinions and keep track of my reading.
  3. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
    Gaining Followers, for me it isn't all about getting followers but more would be great!!
  4. What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
    Again Followers :$ I'd love to get more comments and followers to keep me motivated.
  5. What do you find most encouraging?
    When I gain a follower or I get a nice comment/email.
  6. What do you like best about the blogs you read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
    I love some of the backgrounds and layouts. I have tried but I find that you have to pay for a lot of them. I also like it when people keep their reviews pretty short, and yes I have "copied" this.
  7. What do you dislike about blogs you’ve read? Do you try to avoid this?
    Confusing layouts and GIANT reviews
  8. Any advice for other new bloggers?
    Comment on others blogs and just keep trying
  9. Anything else you’d like to share about your experience?
    Umm. Thankyou to the people who do follow me I really appreciate it.
  10. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your blog?No :)
~T

Book Review ~ NightStar

Title: NightStar
Author: Alyson Noel
Rating: 3
Cover: 4

Best friends make the worst enemies—they know all your secrets, your weaknesses, and just how to hurt you most...
After fighting for centuries to be together, Ever and Damen's future hinges on one final showdown that will leave readers gasping for breath. Don't miss this explosive new installment of the number one bestselling series that's enchanted millions across the world! (source: http://www.alysonnoel.com/immortals/night-star.php)

Okay, So it pains me to say this but this book let me down! Completely! Alyson Noel started out great and was doing a great job with this series but I honestly had to force myself to finish this. I didn't like this book overly for a number of reasons.

1. Ever started annoying the heck out of me! She is just some clueless teenager who didn't grow the entire book.

2. It went no-where, nothing happened (except for that thing with haven) and didn't answer any of the questions I wanted this book to.

3. It was boring! I didn't read this book once in the daytime (which is crazy!) and I had to force myself to pick it up at night and keep going. I kept telling myself it would get better, but it just didn't!

The reason that this book is a three is that I'm still glad I read it because of the other books in the series. I really liked them and recommend reading the series still, because all in all it was a pretty good series.

Books in the series: Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, NightStar.
~T

December 11, 2010

In my Mailbox (5)

Welcome to  In My Mailbox! IMM is a meme started  at The Story Siren with some inspiration from Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

IMM explores the weekly contents of my mailbox & books bought. Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you've bought or books that you've gotten at the library.

Okay I've been really slack with writing reviews lately. Sorry, with school and work I get pretty pressed for time.

This week I got quite a few books (:

Library:
Meridian by Amber Kizer
Stake that by Mari Mancusi (I started this, hated it, so stopped! It is the only book I have ever just stopped with no intention of ever reading.)
Bones of a Fairy by Janni Lee Simner

Given (christmas presents):
Rogue by Rachel Vincent
Undead and Unreturnable by MaryJanice Davidson
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Bought:
I'm a vampire that's why by Michele Bardsley
Swimming with the fishes by MaryJanice Davidson

Leave a link to your blog and I'd love to check out what you got :)

~T

December 8, 2010

Book Review ~ Undead and Unwed

Title: Undead and Unwed
Author: MaryJanice Davidson
Rating: 5 <3
Cover: 4

Source: MaryJanice Davidsons website.

Betsy Taylor turns 30, gets laid off, is killed by an SUV and wakes up dead all in the same week. The vampire community is convinced she's their prophesied Queen. But she's not having any of it—she's got shoes to buy! And now the undead world is being turned upside-down by a Bela Lugosi throwback and her subjects expect her to take care of it! Why didn't she read the handbook? But her would-be consort, Eric Sinclair, is (annoyingly) ever-present. If only he wasn't so tall, dark, gorgeous...and undead.

Okay, so I read this book about, hmm, 5 months ago. I don't know why but I never got around to putting up a review even though it is one of my all time favourite books. MaryJanice Davidson is so talented. I don't even know the words to describe it. It is well written, interesting, funny and just plain awesome.

I loved Betsy's character. Her love for shoes and girly things made me enjoy the book that little bit extra. She isn't what the typical vampire (or vamps friend) is usually these days. She is still a funny and happy character and I loved that. Her "love interest", Sinclair, was also a great character, although at times it did remind me a bit of Artus out of Swimming with the fishes.

This book is a MUST MUST have I absolutely recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Visit MaryJanice at her website or blog.
http://www.maryjanicedavidson.net/
http://maryjanicedavidson.blogspot.com/


~T

December 4, 2010

Book Review ~ Wings

Title: Wings
Author: Aprilynne Pikes
Rating: 3
Cover: 3.5

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

Wings is well written and described beautiful and all in all is a good book. Unfortunatley for me,  I like to be captivated and feel like I've entered into the characters world. I also need good twists and turns to keep me picking up the book (or not putting it down). I actually found that at times I began to wonder off into my own mind and not pay complete attention to what I was reading. The one twist the book did have was so predictable, seriously would they really kill off both of the main characters? Really? Despite all this, it was still enjoyable and was unique. I haven't read a thing like it, alot of time and effort must have gone into putting together the background information. It was GREAT! haha very refreshing. I  don't think I recommend you to buy this, but it is a good read for a younger reader.

Books in this series: Wings, Spells.

~T

All I want for Christmas is....

This is a weekly meme that's hosted by Danya @ A Tapestry of Words, where every week up until Christmas, you choose a book that you would like to see under your tree! You also have to say why (: Have fun and join in!!

All I want for Christmas is... Paranormalcy by Keirsten White.
I've heard so so so many good reviews about this book! And I've always put off buying it but hopefully I get it for Christmas (:



~T

Book Review ~ Dark Flame

Title: Dark Flame
Author: Alyson Noel
Rating: 5
Cover: 4.5

Roman. Damen. Jude, One is Ever's deadly enemy. One her great love. and the third might be the answer to all her problems. but Ever is trapped - bound by secrets, magyck and uncontrollable passion beating in her veins. She's being drawn towards someone - something - that risks everything she holds dear. And the one thing that can save her will also drive Damen away forever.

Dark Flame is the 4th book in the Immortals series! And OH MY GOSH! It is amazing, I was beginning to like this series a little (A LITTLE) bit less but then this made it go rushing back up into my favourites! The ending is the biggest cliff hanger :o I felt like throwing the book at the wall, jumping on it and never looking at it again (but that would be silly). I've waited so long for Nightstar and am finally reading it (pretty good so far). I have no words to describe it. I have read many reviews on it, some bad, most good, and completely disagree with the "bad reviews" and cannot justify why they have said what they have. I love this book, it is a light read, a love story, paranormal and quite unique. I definitely recommend these books to a teenage reader!

Books in the series: Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, Nightstar.

~T

You might like: Evermore Review
Blue Moon Review
Shadowland Review

Book Review ~ Shadowland

Title: Shadowland
Author: Alyson Noel
Rating: 4.5
Cover. 4.5

Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives—and fought off the world's darkest enemies—so they could be together forever. But just as their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen...one that could destroy everything. Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into a bleak afterlife in the Shadowland, an eternal abyss for lost souls. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source...Jude Knight. But as Damen pulls away to save them from the darkness inhabiting his soul, Ever's connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before...

Shadowland is the third book in the Immortals series, and is another great read! I can safely say that these books are amazing!! I read these books one after another and didn't want to put them down. They get more intriguing and leave you wanting more. I loved how karma and fate was tied  into this book so well, it just made it that extra bit better.

The new character Jude is introduced in this book and once again just adds that little bit extra to the book. With all the drama, twist and turns, Alyson Noel created a truly amazing novel. Alyson Noel comes up with the most shocking twists and turns, I usually can predict the outcome but this book was a exception! If you haven't read the first two books, get on it!

~T
 You might also like: Evermore Review
You might also like: Blue Moon Review

Book Review ~ Blue Moon

Title: Blue Moon
Author: Alyson Noel
Rating: 4
Cover: 5

Things have changed for Ever since she fell in love with Damen. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen seems to be weakening. Panicked at the thought of losing him, Ever finds a path to the in-between world of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen's tortured past - and accidentally discovers away to twist time. Now she can save her family form the accident that killed them. It's all she's ever wanted - but so is Damen. And Ever must choose between them...

Blue Moon is the second book in the immortals series (series of 5). I read this book some time ago and thought I better put a review up. I loved this book, it was such a easy read and I didn't want to put it down. Well actually sometimes I wanted to throw it at the wall because of what was happening to Ever, but we won't count that. One of my favourite aspects of the book was when we were able to see form Damens point of view when her previous lives were revealed.

Oh, and there was a new character. Roman. He added so much to the book and became a pretty strong character. I couldn't help but have some liking towards him even when "we weren't suppose to".

Overall this book was amazing and leaves you wanting more. I definatley reccomend it for a teenage reader.

Books in the series- Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, Nightstar.

~T
Review ~ Evermore

December 3, 2010

Blogging..

Hey,

I've been getting some emails asking why I'm not blogging. It was because I was concentrating on my studies and I just recently got a second job! At angus and Robertson Book store! YAY.

But now I'm on holidays and am more determined than ever to do heaps of reviews (:
I was also thinking about doing a video IMM? I don't kno. Suggestions?
Anyway, Happy blogging.
~T

November 28, 2010

350 Page Book Challenge

Hey Guys,

I just signed up for the 350 page book challenge. I will just be in the back of my mind throughout the year (: The challenge will last from January 1st, 20110- December 31st, 2011.

The Guidelines:
·      *This challenge does not have to only include YA, but it should be predominantly YA that means at least 75% of the books you read should be young adult fiction.
·     * Each book MUST contain 350 pages or more.
·      *Only physical copies and e-books will count toward the challenge. (Sorry, but audio books don’t have pages!)
·     

One randomly picked participant will receive a massive prize pack with BOOKS and ARCs and SWAG!

Just go to http://whatsyourstorybookreviews.blogspot.com/ to enter!! Good luck.

~T

November 21, 2010

Book Review ~ Crescendo

Title: Crescendo
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Rating: 4.5
Cover: 3.5 (not as good as hush hush)

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can’t figure out if it’s for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home. The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father’s death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn’t answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

Okay, where to start? Maybe at how much I adored this book. To be quite honest I wasn't expecting Fitzpatrick to live up to the expectations but fortunately she did. Not only was this book totally captivating it had twists I wasn't expecting at all. It felt like I personally knew the characters and I felt so involved, most authors can't do that. The ending was amazing! A real cliffhanger, I don't think I'll be able to wait until next year! I mean with Marcie, Patch, Rixon and Hank!! I was left wanting so much more.

The one thing I thought was bad about this book was Patch and Nora's relationship. That is simply because I adore them together and I hated 'seeing' them fight, but i guess it just added more to the book. A few of the twists were obvious but not "scream in your face" obvious which was good because it kept me guessing.

In the first book I really hated Marcie, but this book started to make me feel sorry for her and to be honest I love it when the mean girl becomes the main characters friend (my favourite case of this would be house of night *Aphrodite). So hopefully Marcie and Nora start to get along ;p.

If you love a light, easy, fast paced, enjoyable read then I highly recommend this book.

~T

November 7, 2010

In my Mailbox (4)

Welcome to  In My Mailbox! IMM is a meme started  at The Story Siren with some inspiration from Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

IMM explores the weekly contents of my mailbox & books bought. Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you've bought or books that you've gotten at the library.
Okay I've been really slack with writing reviews lately. Sorry, with school and work I get pretty pressed for time.

This week I only bought one book and that is Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson. I have read it before and it is one of my all time favourite books, so when i saw it i had to get it.

I also borrowed (from the library)
Meridian by Amber Kizer
Stake that by Mari Mancusi
Bones of a faerie by Jannie Lee Simner

Please attach a link to your mailbox so I can check it out (:

~T

Book Review ~ Never Cry Werewolf

Title: Never Cry Werewolf
Author: Heather Davis
Rating: 3
Cover: 5 - I love the cover i think it is so adorable (the red hood? how cute!)

Moonlight can totally change your life.
And it all starts so simply.
You. Him. The moon. You’re toast.”
Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately. But her step-mother totally overreacts when she catches Shelby in a post-curfew kiss with a hot senior. Suddenly Shelby’s summer plans are on the shelf, and she’s being packed off to brat camp. It’s good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.
Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges, III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. Shelby knows that she really shouldn’t be getting tangled up with another bad boy…but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good looking one? One thing’s for sure, that pesky full moon is about to get her into trouble all over again.

I came into this book excited to read it, (I'm into werewolf books so it really interested me), wanting to like it, wanting to enjoy the characters and ultimately  the story. Unfortunately I wasn't completely satisfied *sigh*. It could be because the book is so short or because I didn't feel any connection between the characters.  I had trouble understanding why the main character did what she did most of the time, i thought about it for a while and the only conclusion i managed to come to was that it was simply to get the plot moving. If you like twists or analyse books too much, I probably wouldn't recommend it.  However, if you’re looking for a light read that you don't want to analyse then you would probably enjoy it. I also think that this book is aimed at a younger reader because it seemed childish at times.

~T

October 30, 2010

In my Mailbox (3)

Welcome to  In My Mailbox! IMM is a meme started  at The Story Siren with some inspiration from Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

IMM explores the weekly contents of my mailbox & books bought. Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you've bought or books that you've gotten at the library.


This week I got two books I've really been looking forward to. I got Beatiful Darkness by Magaret Stohl  and Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick!!







~T

October 23, 2010

In my Mailbox (2)

Welcome to  In My Mailbox! IMM is a meme started  at The Story Siren with some inspiration from Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

IMM explores the weekly contents of my mailbox & books bought. Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you've bought or books that you've gotten at the library.

This week I unfortunately only got one. It was one I have been looking forward to for ages so that's exciting for me :) It is..

Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis

So I can't wait to start reading this one.








~T

On My Wishlist

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. I ran out of time yesterday so I'm doing it today.

Parnormalcy by Kiersten White
Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
So much for normal.







Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack's world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches' War that surrounds them all.






~T

October 20, 2010

Book Review ~ Boys that Bite

Title: Boys that Bite
Author: Mari Mancusi
Cover: 4
Rating: 3.5

Technically Sunshine can't get killed—because she's immortal. Well, not quite yet. Due to the worst case of mistaken identity with her dark-side-loving twin sister at a Goth club called Club Fang, Magnus, a vampire hottie, went for Sunshine's innocent neck. Now if she doesn't reverse it in time, Magnus will be her blood mate forever and she's doomed to be a blood-gulping, pasty, daylight-hating vampire. That would seriously bite. And now, after the unfortunate slaying of the vampire leader, Sunshine, her sister Rayne, and Magnus must find the one thing that can solve her problem: the Holy Grail. They wish it were a joke but it's not. It's absolutely necessary that Sunshine gets out of this in time, because somehow she scored the hottest prom date in her school, the mouth-watering Jake Wilder. So she just can't be a vampire for the prom-let alone the rest of eternity.

Boys That Bite is the first of a series of vampire books by Young Adult author Mari Mancusi. This book was a really easy read and found myself finishing it in a matter of hours! At first I was put off by the names of the twins.. seriously Sunshine and Rayne? To later find out it was because their parents were hippies back in the day, which I then decided it was rather funny. This book is full of slang which kind of annoyed me, it made it seem almost childish with some of the phrases she used. I did actually enjoy this book but I think the problems were overcome way to quickly and it was quite predictable . I really like the ending, even if it's not for the best but I think it'll add so much story to the next books (which I will read eventually). This book is a great light read :)

~T

Book Review ~ Glass Houses

Title: Glass Houses
Author: Rachel Caine
Cover: 1
Rating: 3.8 (couldn't give it a clear rating :P)


College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero. When Claire heads off campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show any signs of life, but they come out fighting when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood...

Glass Houses is the first book in the Morganville Vampires series written by fantasy author Rachel Caine. When Claire moves into her dorm she is bullied to the point of being physically harmed. She moves out and finds refuge at the Glass House where she meets Michael, Shane and Eve. I really love the relationship between Claire and Shane, in a typical book they would be all over each other by the end, and I liked that Rachel Caine didn't do this. I personally have only really read vampire books were the vampires are good so I found it really refreshing that the vampires were the ones to fear. Overall this book is pretty good (I read it in one day), and I reccommend it for anyone who loves a good twist and a bit of action.
~T

October 19, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can join in, all you have to do is the following:

- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two  “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author: Garcia & Stohl
"I was holding her wrist so tightly, I was sure it would break. But I didn't care, I wouldnt't let go ... Pulling me away from the tree, away from her. I felt her wrist sliding through my fingers. I couldn't hold on any longer. "

"I slid my arms around her neck, ignoring her. But she went on. " I don't want you to see me like that."
"I don't care." I kissed her on the cheek.


Unfortunately they aren't the best of teasers... but it happened to be the page I opened. I am actually loving this book so far and I've barely started.
Happy Reading
~T

October 11, 2010

In my Mailbox

Hey Guys,

This is my first " In my mailbox"! I'll try to do it every week, so you can see ' whats in my mailbox'. IMM was started by The Story Siren (http://www.thestorysiren.com/)

This week I got...

Library: Dark Secrets 1 by Elizabeth Chandler & Undead and Unemployed by Maryjanice Davidson
Mailbox: Wings by Aprilynne Pike & The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

I am actually waiting for Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis as well.... hopefully it comes soon!

Feel free to do in my mailbox and just post your link to the bottom of this post!


Thanks ~T

October 10, 2010

Contest

Hey guys, i just entered a contest to win a "parnormal prize pack" on the under cover book lovers blog! (international)

I also entered one to win Firelight by Sophie Jordan (international) Here's hoping!
If you wanted to enter here are the links
http://theundercoverbooklover.blogspot.com/2010/09/hungry-for-harperteen-contest.html
 http://burningximpossiblyxbright.blogspot.com/

~T

Book Review ~ Sleeping with the Fishes

Title: Sleeping with the Fishes
Author: MaryJancie Davidson
Rating: 5
Cover:3


Fred is not your ordinary mermaid. She's not blonde. She's not buxom. And she's definitely not perky. In fact, Fred can be downright cranky. And it doesn't help matters that her hair is blue.

Fred is a force to be reckoned with, she doesn’t do what other people tell her to do, she’s very unique and holds her own. She reminds me of Betsy from MaryJanice Davidson’s ‘Queen Betsy’ series. They have similar attitudes in that they are always right and they are both outstandingly funny with their snappy humour.

The first page had me laughing so hard, it would have been the most awkward moment in the history of awkward moments! The book was such a great read and can safely say that MaryJanice Davidson is one of my all time favourite authors! This book is a   MUST read!


(next book is swimming without a net)

~T


October 8, 2010

Book Review ~ Knight Angels

Title: Knight Angels
Author: Abra Ebner
Rating: 3.5
Cover: 5
When seventeen-year-old Jane Taylor witnessed her father's death, something happened to her. Ever since, her thoughts have been consumed by death, going so far as to foresee the ever-changing deaths of those around her. Sixteen-year-old Emily Taylor resented her sister's closeness with their father, who died when she was six. With the strange ability to read minds, she drowns the voices out with drugs, sending Jane over the edge. When seventeen-year-old Wes Green was adopted, he moved in next door to Jane, finding in her a childhood friend turned high-school crush. All summer, the pain in his bones seemed unwarranted. He was done growing long ago. When senior year starts, however, the pain only gets worse. The foreseen changes are not expected, and far too animal for his taste. When Max Gordon found himself standing above the dying body of an innocent seven-year-old girl, he saw in her eyes something he hadn't seen in the century he'd spent roaming Earth. Her father was already dead, but there was hope to save her. Jane was her name, and already she was all he ever wanted. It was his job to bring her back, and it was his job to protect her - the biggest mistake of his life. When these four teens enter Glenwood High their senior year, no one but Max could understand the future ahead of them. Drawn together by blood and friendship, they each hide a dark secret that will soon bind them together. Max has to protect Jane, Jane wants to be normal, Wes wants Jane to love him, and Emily just wants the voices to stop... But their fate just wants them dead.

I looked forward to reading this book as soon as I saw it. The book is written in 5 different perspectives the characters these being Jane, Max, Wes, Emily, Sarah. When I first started reading it I found it some what childish and wasn't into it much at all. It was an "easy read" but because of the constant change of perspective it was hard to grasp a proper feel for the characters. It progressed nicely and I began to be more intrigued! If you are after a book that has you on the edge of your seat, this is not the book for you as it was very predictable and at times boring.
 
Despite all that the book was actually pretty good, I love reading about angels so that was a bonus and made the book a lot more interesting. I really loved Emily and Wes and I can safely they were my favourite characters! Emily is her own person who is simply read wrong by others and I enjoyed her relationship with Wes. Wes was also a great character although at times I became frustrated with his infatuation with Jane (mainly because I do not like her all to much, despite her huge roll in the book.)

This was a pretty good book, and I would love to read the next one (book of revenge).

~T

October 6, 2010

Book Review ~ Unraveled

Title: Unraveled
Author: Gena Showalter
Rating: 4.5
Cover: 4.5


For once Haden Stone has everything he wants.
Friends
A Home
the girl of his dreams

Too bad he’s going to die…Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he’s supposed to be crowned Vampire King – while still a human! Well, kind of.
With four – oops, three now — human souls living inside his head, Aden has always been “different” himself. These souls can time travel, raise the dead, possess another’s mind, and, his least favorite these days, tell the future.

The forecast for Aden? A knife through the heart.
Because a war is brewing between the creatures of the dark, and Aden is somehow at the center of it all. But he isn’t about to lie down and accept his destiny without a fight. Not when his new friends have his back, not when Victoria has risked her own future to be with him, and not when he has a reason to live for the first time in his life…


This is the second book to Intertwined, which was an amazing read! If you love paranormal books, this is the book for you. Including vampires, Werewolves,  Fairies, witches, goblins, demons! It is amazing. Waiting for this book was absolute torture. To be honest it did take me a little while to get into this book... but about halfway through i couldn't stop reading. I really like the way Gena Showalter writes, so that was a bonus for me!

The ending to this book was CRAZY i couldn't believe it! My jaw literally dropped! I just stared at the page for at least five minutes!!! I need the next one!

Overall this book is captivating and full of all the things I love! Well done to Gena Showalter!!!

September 28, 2010

Book Review ~ Shiver

Book: Shiver
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: 4
Cover: 4

The cold- Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf – her wolf – watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn’t know why.

The heat- Sam has two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace… until now.

The Shiver-
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it’s spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human and Grace must fight to keep him, even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present and the impossibility of the future.

Shiver is a great start to the enchanting wolves of mercy fall’s series. The series twists and turns keep you wanting more, hoping for more. And the undeniable heat between Grace and Sam makes you feel part of the story as they protect him from the ‘shiver’. The cliff hanger ending of this book makes you “need” linger (even though I haven’t got it yet, because it is currently only hard backL). If you want an easy, some-what romantic paranormal book, then I highly recommend shiver.

~T

Book Review ~ Wicked Lovely

Book: Wicked Lovely
Author: Melissa Marr
Rating: 3
Cover: 5

Rule 3: Never stare at invisible fairies. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world.


Rule 2: Never speak to invisible faeries. One of them, a beautiful faery boy named Keenan, is trying to talk to her, asking questions. Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule 1: Don’t ever attract their attention. Now it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King and is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost. Without her, summer itself will perish.

Wicked lovely is extremely well written and imagined. The storyline is very well thought out and is extremely well done. An issue I had with this book was that it was very confusing to get your head around the Fae “politics”. Overall it was a good read and I recommend if you are into Fae books but try reading other Fae books before this, so you have a clearer understanding of what is happening in the beginning.

~T

Book Review ~ Halo

Book: Halo
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Rating: 2
Cover: 3.5

Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels, Ivy, Bethany and Gabriel, are sent from Heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness. They work hard to conceal there true identity and most of all their wings.

But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls for the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him? Things come to head when the angels realise they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There’s a new kid in town and he’s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all he’s after Beth.

The angels and Xavier must work together to overcome the dark forces but will Beth survive the battle?

When I read this book I had my doubts about the book for two reasons,
  1. the blurb basically tells you the whole story
  2. the author is 19?

Despite this I went ahead and purchased the book, it took me along time to get through it and it wasn’t very good at all. The writing style is good and the plot has potential but the writer dragged on everything and made things as boring as possible. Not only was the book boring but I personally, rely on characters relationships to make the book interesting, and none of the relationships were exciting or attracting.

 This is one of the very few books in which I do not recommend. I suggest to either not read it, or simply borrow it from a friends or your local library.

~T

September 27, 2010

Book Review ~ Glimmerglass

Book: Glimmerglass
Author: Jenna Black
Rating: 4
Cover: 4, The cover of glimmerglass is alone very pretty (minus the sparkles) but when put with a collection of books it clashes.


Dana Hathaway doesn't know it yet, but she's in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.  
Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does.  Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…

Glimmerglass is the first in the Faeriewalker series. I found the writing to be really engaging and made me want mor and more and more (so much i finished it in a few hours.) The events in the book mean the characters are always on their toes and it’s very go, go, go. This book is full of twists mainly with whom exactly Dana can trust and whose side should she be on. No character in this story was hard to picture each had a definite personality and it made for great reading, (although i don't know who may favourite is... Maybe Finn?) By the end you still don’t know who you can trust and can’t trust which gives a great lead (as well as other unanswered questions) for the next book.

Great start to a new series! I can't wait for the next book and this series is a definite must read. LOVED IT.

~T

Book Review ~ Evermore

Book: Evermore
Author: Alyson Noel
Rating: 4.5
Cover: 5


Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, Ever can see auras, hear people's thoughts, and know a person's entire life story by touch. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen.
Damen Auguste is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He's the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head—wielding a magic so intense, it's as though he can see straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she's left with more questions than answers. She has no idea just who he really is—or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is she's falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.

Evermore is the first in a series of 5 books. This book in particular is my favourite and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is easy to read and understand. Although Ever had emotional struggles throughout the book she becomes more emotionally stable with help from her (ghost) sister and it is really heart warming. I love how this book incorporates physic powers, immortality and ghosts all in one. It's a very unique book and I love it.
~T

September 26, 2010

Book Review

Book: Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Rating: 5
Cover: 5
MEGHAN CHASE HAS A SECRET DESTINY— ONE SHE COULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED.
 
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

First book of the Iron Fey series. This book is one of my favourite books...  probably tieing with hush, hush. I read this book in one sitting and couldn't take my eyes off the page. Julie Kagawa has a beautiful writing technique and is so descriptive it feels life like.

There are a number of amusing characters who i enjoyed aiding Meghan along the way, mainly the cait sith Grimilkin (who is straight out of Alice in Wonderland), and the Ash, youngest son of the Winter Queen and sworn enemy of Puck. The 'animosity' between Puck and Ash along with each one's motivation for helping Meghan was a constantly entertaining.

This book is a MUST read!

~T
(Book 3: Iron queen is yet to be released)

Another Review

Book: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Rating: 4.5
Cover: 3, it's a nice cover but i think it could be improved, i also do not like that it is shiny.
It’s after dark in New York City, and Clary Fray is seeing things.  The best-looking guy in the nightclub has just stabbed a boy to death – but the victim has vanished into thin air.  Her mother has disappeared, and a hideous monster is lurking in her apartment.
With her life spiralling into darkness, Clary realizes that she has stumbled into an invisible war between ancient demonic forces and secretive Shadowhunters – a war in which she has a fateful role to play…

This is just the first in the great Mortal Instruments Series. Like many books, this book is hard to begin reading at first. When i was a quarter of the way into it I was compelled and couldn't put it down! It is a great read and the characters are excellent (especially Jace, who is described and voiced extremely well). I liked that there were alot of different supernatural species in it including, warlocks, shadowhunters, Fae, demons and werewolves, It simply made for a better story.I adore this book and if you're contemplating buying it do it, I even bought it after telling myself I wasn't going to.
~ T

Review

Book: Intertwined
Author: Gena ShowalterRating: 4
Cover:4, I really like the cover, especially the font!


Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him: One can time-travel. One can raise the dead. One can tell the future. And one can possess another human.
With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now they're causing him all kinds of trouble.He's so over it. All he wants is peace. And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices.

They share an inexplicable bond. A bond about to be tested by a werewolf shape-shifter who wants Mary Ann for his own, and a vampire princes Aden can't resist.

Together they'll be forced to enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger... but not everyone will come out alive.


Intertwined is another one of my favourite books. At the beginning of the book you're establishing background knowledge so it takes a while to get into it. The relationship between Mary Ann and Aden is unique and it was refreshing becuase they have a friendship without romantic ties but still need each other.

Gena Showalter has a fun style that is easy to understand. I loved this book and definitely recommend!

~T

Book Review

Book: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Rating: 5


For Nora Grey romance was not part of the plan. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

but after a series of terryfing encounters, Nora can't decide whether to fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers,she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is in the middle of a centuries-old battle between the immortal and those that have fallen-and the wrong hoice will cost her life. 

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitpatrick is one of my all time favourite books. It's all about suspense and romance. Patch is definitely one of those dark and mysterious characters that  make girls go weak in the knees. While some of the situations Nora gets herself into seem a little far fetched, they don’t take away from the story. Overall HUSH, HUSH was a book I couldn’t put down. It is totally amazing! Best of all, HUSH, HUSH is only the beginning and this november (australia) the second book Crescendo is released.~ T

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Thanks -T