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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

September 26, 2010

Book Review

Book: Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Rating: 5
Cover: 5
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!

(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


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!


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


Basically this blog is dedicated to young adult book reviews. I have set a goal to review two books a week and hopefully can keep that up. So I hope you find this useful!

Thanks -T