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Friday, 31 May 2013

Monthy Recap: May

Hello Everyone!

This serves the same purpose as The weekly recap; to let you see all the reviews I have done in case you've missed something!

Reviews











That's a lot of reviews..

Random Stuff









On the 29th of May, lots of us bloggers were sad because we couldn't go to BEA so Paperiot and Books with Cass organized a bookish party! Everyone had lots of fun and there was even an outbreak of cookie madness! I had an amazing time and met lots of new bloggers, and talked to some awesome people! You can see what went on here.

Phew. That's a lot of links! I hope this helps in case you missed anything!

Bye! xx



Thursday, 30 May 2013

What the Postman Brought: 30/05/12

Hello Everyone!

I'm extremely happy today, because some books arrived, and I'm so pleased to have them in my possession! You have to agree, the covers are all extremely pretty:


Let me explain, Goddess and Icons were books that I bought, whilst Race the Wind is a special bookish milestone, because it's my first proper, printed, review copy! Isn't that amazing? So thank you to Orion Children's Books who were kind enough to give me this opportunity. Let me tell you about these books:

Race the Wind: Like I said, it is a review copy, and it is the second book in The One Dollar Horse series, which I reviewed this month. I loved reading the previous book, and I can't wait to read this one as well! By the way, it has blue pages!

Goddess: This is the last book in the Starcrossed series which I absolutely adore!I can't wait to read this gorgeous thing! If you like, I can do a sort of double review for the previous two books. Let me know in the comments if you'd like that!

Icons: I heard about Icons on twitter, and my attention was immediately captured by this book. I simply had to have it, and it seems so interesting, and it's by the co-author of Beautiful Creatures, a series I have yet to read.

So what do you all think? Let me know if you've read any of these and if they're just as amazing as I expect them to be!

Bye! xx



Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Hello Everyone!

I'm back with another review, but this time, it's of a book that I didn't really enjoy, which sucks because my last review was of a book that I didn't particularly like either... :(

Title: Wicked Lovely
Author: Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #1
Published: June 12th 2007
No. of Pages: 328

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.


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




Sunday, 26 May 2013

Books of Amber: Debut-a-Thon

Hello Everyone!

So, this is going to mark a bookish milestone because I'm going to be participating in my first Read-a-thon! The lovely Amber at Books of Amber is hosting the said read-a-thon, only it has a twist, instead, it is a debut read-a-thon where, if I'm right, you read debut books. The clue is in the name..


 
Here, is the button that marks this event, and for your benefit, I'm going to give you an overly big list of books that I probably won't manage to read. I can save the guilt for afterwards.. Here it is:
  1. Taken by Erin Bowman
  2. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shephard
  3. Reboot by Amy Tintera
  4. The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
  5. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza 
What do you think of my choices? They all seem really interesting, so I'll have to see what I decide to read..
If you would like to participate, just click on the huge button in the middle of the post. It's pretty hard to miss!
 
Bye!
 


Weekly Re-cap: 20/05/13 - 26/05/13

 
Just in case you missed any of my reviews this week, I have a little re-cap for you, with links to the reviews. Unfortunately, I have had a slow reading week, so I've only read two books!
Reviews:
 The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins


I know it's very small, but I hope you can still appreciate it!

Bye!



Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Hello Everyone,

I don't think this review will be that big, because of the fact that I'm not that impressed with this story. Still, I liked the idea so it wasn't downright awful..

Title: Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
Published: May 1st 2012
No. of Pages: 453

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?


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

My Thoughts:

I feel like some sort of outcast from the fact that most reviews give this book five stars and I'm giving it a weak three, hmm..




Friday, 24 May 2013

My Reading List: 25/5/13

Hello Again!

So, I have three more books from my library and they're all part of my Sweet Six for this month!


You can read more under the jump:




Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Hello Everyone!

I'm so sorry that I've been taking so long to read books! Personally, I blame Wattpad and Maths test because these two things basically caused be to have no life over the weekend. Anyway, I'll clarify that I didn't abandon you lovely people, I just had nothing to post since I was still reading!

Title: The Iron Queen
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Queen #3
Published: January 25th 2011
No. of Pages: 358

My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.




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

This book is probably my guilty pleasure of the series because of the fact that Meghan and Ash make such a sweet couple and were together most of the time. My heart felt complete.
Of course, Puck was there, but he was easy to forget about and I loved this book!

(Spoilers for book one & 2!)
Since my lovely Meghan and Ash got exiled after promptly professing their love to each other in front of pretty much everyone, they have now been forced to live in the human world. Yes, the one that we live in and that seems so boring once you start reading these books.
After being attacked by some iron creatures that can only be described, as Meghan calls them, Spider Hags, Meghan makes the decision to get back the memory she gave to the oracle at the end of the book, once this small quest is complete she realises that Charles, the man from Leanasidhe's little hideaway, is really her father. Well, the man who raised her until she was six.
Then, whilst being confronted by a group of rebel iron-fey who are insisting on keeping Meghan hidden away, our favourite cat and his companion appear and we are graced with the presence of Grim and Puck. 
(This isn't sarcasm, because in reality, despite my love for Ash, I do love Puck.) As a result of this reunion they go off to Leanasidhe's, where Meghan's patience sort of blows, but she does convince Leanasidhe to give them a "cabin" in which they can stay, so as to try and jog her father's memory. There, as her father recuperates, Ash teaches Meghan to fight, but there's still a problem: each time that Meghan uses her glamour, she feels sick, or even collapses.
Later, they get a message from the Seelie and Unseelie courts. They are fighting a losing battle against the Iron Fey and since Meghan is the only faerie who can venture into the Iron Kingdom, then it is only her who can kill the false king. If she chooses to accept to accept the offer, then all their exiles will be lifted, so Meghan accepts, but the situation is much worse than it seems.

I absolutely loved this story! Even though I haven't read The Iron Knight yet, this book is so far my favourite of the series, and The Iron Knight will have to be VERY good to beat this series.

Hmm. In past reviews you've heard me talk about the characters, rant about Meghan, Ash and Puck, swoon over romance and generally have break downs over some tiny thing that happened, so my options are kind of limited..
So, I shall talk about the ending: I swear that once we are happy and swooning over some random happiness in the book, writers find a way to pop our book bubbles.
POP. That was my bubble popping. I was destroyed by that ending. Although hyper-ventilating was not a side-effect I'm sure that I was in some sort of despair/grief bubble (yes, here we are again with the bubbles) and that the last thing you expected happened, because obviously, my happiness is a crime.

This pretty much sums up my love for this book, unless you want to hear me ramble on and on about how much I love Meghan and Ash I'm sure you don't.

Bye!
 


Thursday, 16 May 2013

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Hello Everyone!

I've finished Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, and for some reason, even though I really liked it, I felt that it took me a long time to finish, I don't know why since it was average sized. Maybe I was just being slow? 

Title: Unspoken
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy #1
Published: September 11th 2012
No. of Pages: 373

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?




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

This book is sort of magic based but don't go hoping for Harry Potter. However, this book did make me laugh so much. I couldn't help but crack up at random moments. One of these moments was actually during the first page, and it consisted of someone telling Kami to "Respect the sheep, young lady." That is one of the best sentences ever, and I'm very tempted to try and use it myself. 

Like always, we'll start with the storyline:
Kami has never been alone. Well, she has, but all the time she has had someone she could speak to in her head, a boy named Jared, but of course she never thought he was real.
Then she decides to write an article on the secrets of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but for some reason, no one ever wants to speak about the Lynburns.
So Kami does what her reporter instincts tell her to: she starts investigating, which becomes even easier when the Lynburns come back to town. She meets Ash, one of the Lynburns. A gorgeous, golden haired boy who seems to have an interest in the paper, or Kami. However, it all goes down hill when she meets his cousin, Jared. He could just be a coincidence that he has the same name as her imaginary friend, but soon she discovers that this friend is very real. So real, in fact that he is standing right next to her.
Kami and Jared find it hard to adjust to the fact that they are both real, because they have only ever been a voice in their head to either of them, someone they could talk to and confide in without ever having to meet, and now the opposite is true.
Soon, these differences have to be put aside, when strange happenings occur. First, Kami finds that animals are being killed, and only to make it worse, she finds a house with a dead fox inside. Then it starts to get worse, Kami's friend Holly is attacked and then Kami's ex best friend is found dead. Kami does what she does best and she investigates.
Jared and Kami see the Lynburns dancing in the rain and she knows something about them isn't right. But the truth is more than she could have hoped for, because the Lynburns are sorcerers, and there is a bigger truth behind Jared and Kami's connection.

My first feelings towards Kami was that I loved her curiosity, and stubbornness. These are not the best traits, but I love seeing them in a character, because of the fact that I see them a lot in myself. This meant that I loved Kami's reaction to whatever situation she was in except at the ending where I felt that she gave in whilst in a situation a naturally strong heroine would have found a way not to. Despite this little hiccup, I still think that Kami was a very strong friend and heroine.
Since I've mentioned friends, I shall introduce you to Holly and Angela. I felt that Angela basically just hates people and likes naps, but Holly had a lot more depth. Being a girl who is extremely pretty, and all the boys love, at the beginning I just expected her to be a minor character who would just help Kami in some situation. However, she turned out to be an endearing and heart-warming girl, who is quite a major character in the story. She also manages to defy all stereotypes that are connected to pretty girls, furthermore by coming from quite a hard background.

Now I've talked about the girls, I think it is time for the boys, and the tid bit of romance that existed in the book. 
In the book we have Ash and Jared who, although they may look alike, are very contrasting characters, except Ash is much more vibrant whilst Jared generally hates the world.
So being the person that I am, I seem like I would go for Ash, however, I did not. Jared is so much better. I felt this because Jared and Kami have practically grown up together, so it's kind of hard not to think that they are perfect for each other. I know that this doesn't mean anything, but I found myself just generally liking Jared better than Ash (for good reason).
What I did find frustrating was how confused Kami was about her feelings and the fact that Jared refused to touch her throughout most of the book. It upset me very much. Then came the last chapter.
Everything was fine until the last chapter which shredded my heart with a paper shredder. I couldn't believe the words that were uttered in that moment and I was so upset that I threw the book across the room. Multiple times.

Despite this, I did enjoy the book, and will definitely be reading the next one when it comes out. Then I can maybe put my heart back together if the book is kind to me.
I also believe that I have already provided you with a quote, so I bid you goodbye.





Wednesday, 15 May 2013

And Gallagher Girls 6 is..

Hello Again!

I'm back, and this time I bring amazing news: Gallagher Girls six now has a cover and a title!

The title is United We Spy and, like I said, I also have a cover, well two:

Like always, the cover is AMAZING. I could stare at it for hours (I have a special soft spot for the UK one though!). However, I had to get used to the title.
You see, I have always loved the titles of the Gallagher Girls series, and at first when I saw this title, I was a bit sceptical, but now I can see where this whole thing is going.

Like all the other titles, it is a spy version of an everyday saying, in this case 'United We Stand' and I can't help but love it! The title makes me think that if our group of lovely ladies stay united, then the Circle of Cavan is dead. I'm sorry, anyone who likes the Circle (shame on you) but they have no chance against these kick-ass girls. No one has a chance.

So, I think I'm in love with the whole result: although this does mean that I'm going to be miserable until September. 

Now please excuse me so I can go have fantasies about whatever will happen in United We Spy and then, in honour of the Gallagher Girls, I'm going to go make a list on the Pros and Cons of waiting until September. 

Bye!




Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Golden by Jessi Kirby

Hi Everyone!

So, I read Golden in April, after I got it from the website Edelweiss, and now, today is the day the book officially comes out! So here is my review:

 Title: Golden
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
No. of Pages: 288

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.

Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.


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

My Thoughts:

What can I say? This book is amazing. It is heart felt and beautifully written, with so much moral in each and every word or page. It truly is an emotional read. Half of the book is told in Parker's point of view and entries from Julianna's journal - This was written with such beautiful and heart rendering words that made you think about the book and it's story.

Firstly, you have to understand something,at Parker's school, there is a teacher named        Mr. Kinney. If you get him in your Senior year, your end project is to write a journal answering the question of a quote by Mary Oliver: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” 

 Parker is the intelligent good girl of her school, so that year Mr Kinney asks her to sort through the journals of Seniors from ten years ago, and then to send them off to their current addresses. This is where we get Julianna's journal. Julianna and Shane, the town's Golden Couple, died icy deaths ten years ago. Some said they had a fight, others say they had been drinking. The only thing that's known is that the plaque with their senior pictures on is all that remains. So when Parker finds her journal amongst the others, she wonders why no one ever read it and just as she wonders whether to put it back, the words of her best friend Kat appear in her head, the ones that echo Carpe Diem. Parker does what she never thought she would do. She keeps the journal and reads it.

I actually thought that the whole book would just be of her reading Julianna's journal and would pretty much end there, but it is so much more. The journal actually ends half-way through the book, leaving the other half open to an adventure you have to read to find out about. The journal, is beautifully written, with such detailed emotions you can't help but feel as if you knew Julianna and then there is always that heavy sadness, because just like Parker said, we already know how the story ends. Or so I thought...

I cried at a specific account of a story.. It was so emotional and sad but you had to carry on reading because you had to keep looking for that light at the end of tunnel and you had to hope that maybe something else happened to Julianna, because you convince yourself that she couldn't of had that fate.

On to Julianna and Parker. You have to feel for these two girls, because although their situations are different, they are both in the same boat, because so much is expected of them and  they can't help but ask: Is that really what I want?
Julianna, is expected to be with Shane but she can't help but start falling in love with Orion.
Parker has always worked to live up to her mum's expectation of getting a scholarship, but  maybe she wants something else.

I think there is only one suitable way to end this post:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” 






Saturday, 11 May 2013

The One Dollar Horse by Lauren St John

Hello Everyone!

I have wanted to read this book for a long time, in fact, I specifically remember wanting to read it during summer last year, so when I found this little gem at the library I had to have it, and I get it I did. Here is my review:

Title: The One Dollar Horse
Author: Lauren St John
Series: The One Dollar Horse #1
Published: March 1st 2012
No. of Pages: 224

Fifteen year old Casey Blue lives in East London’s grimmest tower block and volunteers at a local riding school, but her dream is to win the world’s greatest Three Day Event: the Badminton Horse Trials. When she rescues a starving, half-wild horse, she’s convinced that the impossible can be made possible. But she has reckoned without the consequences of her father’s criminal record, or the distraction of a boy with melty, dark eyes, with whom she refuses to fall in love. Casey learns the hard way that no matter how high you jump, or how fast you gallop, you can never outrun the past.

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

My Thoughts:

My first thoughts upon seeing this book: It has pink pages! The pages are outlined in pink so in my head this book was already classified as amazing, well the story helped too. Seriously, I loved the whole premise of the story and I have a very soft spot for animals so Storm definitely gained a place in my heart.

Casey Blue has always lived in London with her father, Roland Blue, an man who once made a mistake and assisted in a robbery: he just had the misfortune of getting caught. Casey's mother died when she was little, so with her father struggling to get a job because of his record, they have always scraped by with the council's allowance and have long-standing jokes about what ingredients are missing from certain dishes. 
Casey is happy: she loves her dad, and she's got a wonderful best friend, even if she is 63 years old. Casey even volunteers to work at Hope Lane (Dubbed Hopeless Lane by Casey) riding centre where she gets to work around the animals she loves, horses. However, there is one thing missing.
Casey has always dreamt of going to the Badminton Horse Trials, and her father always tells her that she has to follow her dreams no matter what anyone says, and that year, Casey sees the first sign of hope that her dream could come true.
After going to a job interview with her dad, they encounter a frightened, emaciated horse escaping from a knacker's yard, and Casey knows instantly that she can't just leave him. To make the deal legal, she had to pay some money, and what could be better than the US dollar they found lying around?
Storm, the horse, is in terrible condition, but with the help of Mrs Smith, her best friend, she gets him back to good health and even though he still isn't the picture of a Badminton horse, the potential is definitely there. After convincing Mrs Smith to help her, they start competing at events, and even though some are a complete disaster they still get through to the next stages. They finally get a sponsor from Ladyhawke enterprises, and all the financial problems that Casey was struggling with, disappear. Suddenly, Badminton has the possibility of becoming a reality.

The rest of the book involves Casey as she goes through all the rest of the events needed to get to Badminton and an awful problem involving Storm and a very mean rider. By the way, there is a very handsome farrier's son in the book, more about him later..

There was one thing that did annoy me in the book: It takes place over the course of two years. I understand that this is because that was the shortest amount of time in which Casey could get to Badminton, but it still annoyed me. I think that was because Casey is about two years older by the time I finished the book. Also, most of the time towards the end was spent talking about the events Casey was doing well/not so well in to get to Badminton, except for the aforementioned awful event.

Onto the characters: I loved Casey because she is just so humble and even though she doesn't have much money, she never complains or starts whining about anything, add this to the fact that she loves Storm so much (she actually sleeps in his stable during events) you can't help but love her. Plus, she doesn't let stuck up riders get on her nerves, instead she beats them at their so-called speciality in horse riding.
Then we have Storm, who is an incredible horse and has an incredible bond with Casey. They make such an amazing pair.
Now, I have to mention Peter, who I can't help loving. Casey and Peter are perfect for each other, but it took such a long for them (I say them, I mean Casey) to notice that it was frustrating for me to read. Don't worry though, it is all okay.
There is also Mrs Smith: A sweet old lady who also has a passion for horses, just like Casey. She is a very important character, because NOTHING would have been possible had she not been there.

If you love horses, do yourself a favour and read this book, you won't regret it. I Promise. Even though I haven't read the second book yet, I'm already hoping that there will be a third book. No pressure..

Bye!
 






Thursday, 9 May 2013

Code by Kathy Reichs & Brendan Reichs

Hello Again!

 Code is the latest book in the Virals series and I think that there is going to be a fourth one (Yay!) called Exposure, but it only come out next year.. *Sad Face*
For now, I simply have to enjoy the memories of Virals, Seizure and Code until next year.

Title: Code
Author: Kathy Reichs, Brendan Reichs
Series: Virals #3
Published: March 7th 2013
No. of Pages: 496

The Virals are put to the ultimate test when they find a geocache containing an ornate puzzle box. Shelton decodes the cipher inside, only to find more tantalizing clues left by "The Gamemaster." A second, greater geocache is within reach—if the Virals are up to the challenge.

But the hunt takes a dark turn when Tory locates the other box—a fake bomb, along with a sinister proposal from The Gamemaster. Now, the real game has begun: another bomb is out there—a real one—and the clock is ticking.




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

My Thoughts:

In my opinion this book has been the best so far, simply because of the psychopath that is the Gamemaster. I mean, no mystery book is complete without some sort of psychopath. No, not really, the reason I liked this book so much was because of the danger, mystery and suspense. I can prove it just one word: Sniper.

The old gang is reeling after the events of book one, having now decked out the bunker head to toe with gear, bought with the gold from Anne Bonny's treasure. Well, they're more equipped than ever. Hi has even bought a metal detector and is steadily becoming obsessed with the idea of finding geocaches- a game where you find buried treasure (When I say treasure I mean a magazine or a watch).This is where it all begins.
They find a box that has strange clowns painted on it, and it doesn't open, but it taunts them with clues asking if they want to play "The Game".
If you've already read this series, then you'll know how Tory is. She isn't about to give up, especially when its just a game.
That's what they thought. 
After following another clue, they discover that this game is much more dangerous than they thought. A fact that is demonstrated when a bomb goes off, just to demonstrate the consequences. Now that they are caught up in the game, they have to follow the rules and that means not telling anyone or innocents will die. They have no choice but to play.

Now that you know the storyline, lets talk about the Virals:
Tory, Ben, Hi, Shelton and Coop(a dog) are all pack mates, because of special strain of parvovirus. This is what makes them Virals and allows them to have enhanced abilities. Now that they have this power, they have to keep it a secret, or risk becoming science experiments. This was an element of the story that I loved: the uncertainty of whether or not they are going to be discovered was very real, because of two different incidents. Whilst flaring, Tory had flashed her eyes at Madison ,a girl who loves to taunt her, and now Madison has been avoiding her ever since. Then there is Chance, he saw the Virals flare but, for the sake of the pack, Tory had to convince him that it was just a figure of his imagination (he was already in a mental hospital) and she has felt guilty ever since. These events just added to the danger that there was.
Another thing about the Virals, they are all amazingly smart. When they are solving the clues for the game, they have a set period of time, and I'm amazed that they manage to do it so quickly. 
However, I do think Tory has no sense of self-preservation since she is willing to look for criminals during a category four hurricane..I rest my case.

One of the best bits of the book was the ending, but not in a bad way, okay?! The ending was amazingly dangerous with so much action and adventure in it. One word: Awesome.
Also, in my review of Virals, I said that there was a lot of betrayal. Forget that. You do not know the meaning of betrayal until you have read the ending to this book. It is what you least expect to happen in the world. It is also heart breaking and you feel as if you have have been betrayed yourself..

By the way, something that I'm hoping for in the next book in Tory + Ben! I think they would be awesome together. So please Kathy/Brendan Reichs, I think everyone would love that to happen!

If you loveI would recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery and adventure, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book. Now excuse me as I go wait..

Bye!
 



Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Hi Everyone!

I've been super busy and ill so sorry if this post is slightly late. Like I said, I'm at the stage where I read all the available books in the series so I have The Iron Queen to read as well. Yes, I do have to do a reading list post, because I got a bit over excited whilst looking for books at my library..Ooops!
Here is the Review:

Title: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #2
Published: August 1st 2010
No. of Pages: 359

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.
Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

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


My Thoughts:

This book wasn't as good as the last one but it definitely did its job. It slowly ripped my heart to shreds, until I got to the end. I was at the point where I was shouting at certain characters and crying for other characters and not liking other characters.. I was in an awful state, but this doesn't mean it's an bad book. Do not think that, because the book was awesome. I just get easily get caught up in things..
 
Firstly, the story line: In The Iron King Ash and Meghan made an agreement where if Ash promised to help her and Puck rescue her brother, she would go back with him to Queen Mab's court. What they didn't expect was to fall in love, making the bargain harder to keep. Still, in the Nevernever, an Oath is an Oath.
Meghan has been in the Unseelie Court for a while now, and no one has come to see her since. Not even Ash, and Meghan is starting to have doubts that his love was true. After being sent to see Queen Mab, she encounters Ash, but he is icy cold and doesn't even acknowledge her with the warmth he only gave her, and Meghan is now sure that his love was just a charade.

Then comes the exchange of the sceptre of the season, where Oberon comes to give the sceptre to Mab. During the festivities, Sage, Ash's older brother, asks to speak to Meghan and when this happens, they are attacked by iron fey, who kill Sage and steal the Sceptre.
When Mab finds Meghan with Sage's body, she doesn't believe that there were any iron fey, and instead imprisons Meghan in ice, from which she is later saved by Ash. They escape the court, Ash having to almost kill his other brother in the process.
When they meet Puck on the way, Ash explains to Meghan that although he does love her, Summer and Winter could never be, meaning he wants Puck to take her back to the Summer court and he will go look for the sceptre.
Despite Meghan's pleas, this is the plan that is carried out and Ash leaves, what he didn't plan was for Meghan and Puck to go looking for the sceptre at the request of an ally.

Let me talk about this "Ally". If you have read the Iron King you will know who Iron Horse is. Yes, he was an enemy, but now he is my favourite character in the whole book and I love him to pieces. Iron Horse is the most loyal soul ever. He'd give dogs a run for their money. That is how much I love him. If you read this book, you will love Iron Horse as well, I promise you.

Now, for the romance: This was the whole reason this book was destroying me, okay? When Meghan started doubting Ash I was so upset because he obviously loves her but he had to be mean to her and she just couldn't see that. This tore my heart out completely, and it frustrated me. Then Ash left. Can you believe it?! So then Puck admits he loves Meghan and she thinks she might like him a tiny bit. My reaction was No. Just No. Puck is not Ash, therefore he must not be with Meghan. And, Yes, this is all completely biased on the fact that I am team Ash. I did say that these reviews are written in my opinion.

Once again, Julie Kagawa did not fail to disappoint, meaning this is definitely a series I will continue. By the way, I do like Puck, just as a friend..

Bye!
 


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

My Reading List: 6/5/13

Hello Again!

So, I went a bit overboard at the library and sort of brought loads of books. Oops. However, it makes for a delightful reading list, and there are more good news: The Official Weaving Pages Dolphin is back! Yay!


The Iron Queen:  Yes, I do have an obsession with this series! I'm hoping that this has more Meghan and Ash in it though. 
 
Wicked Lovely: I have heard so many good things about this author so when I saw this book I couldn't resist but pick it up. 
 
Ink Exchange: This is the sequel to Wicked Lovely but I wasn't sure which one came first so I got both of them, Hopefully they will live up to expectations.

Crossed: I did a review of Matched so now it is time for Crossed to be read. I'm not sure what to expect with the storyline though!

This Lullaby: Everyone says so many good things about Sarah Dessen, and this will be the first book I will have read by her. I had read a few pages before and it seemed quite good so, fingers crossed!

Unspoken: I heard of this book online and it seemed so good that I just had to get it! It is also part of my Sweet Six for this month.

What do you think?

Bye!

 
 


Saturday, 4 May 2013

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Hello Everyone,

I was going to call this my first review of May but then I realized that I had posted the Iron King review on the 1st of May but THEN I realized I had posted it on the 30th. So anyway, welcome to my first review of May.


Title: The Body Finder
Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder #1
Published: March 16th 2010
No. of Pages: 327

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.



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

My Thoughts:

When I first picked up this book, I was a bit wary that I'd fall prey to its scariness, and not be able to get to sleep for the next year (well, at least I'd have more time to read). However, even though this was not the case, this book was still spine chillingly brilliant. It has lots of awesome factors.

As always, lets start with the storyline before I get sidetracked with something.
Violet has always been able to see the echoes murdered victims leave behind. She can also see the imprints on the killers. These echoes come to her in various different forms: some smells, other tastes, visions or sounds. Once she has found a body, she is restless until it has been left to rest properly, meaning she has her own graveyard (For animals, not people).
Despite having this scary talent, Violet has never been bothered by it, even when she found the body of a dead girl when she was eight because usually, most of echoes are from dead animals, and most of the time they're weak. So Violet just learned to let them fall into a synchronized humming in the background.
Then one day, she's out on the lake with her best friend Jay: the only person apart from her family who knows about her talent, and this time the discovery is horrifying, because this time, it's a dead girl. A murder case is launched, but soon it turns into a search for a serial killer.. and his victims. Once the murders become one too many, Violet decides to help, essentially making herself a target as well.

The book is written from Violet's point of view and occasionally from the killer's as well. These few pages I found hard to read. Being inside this Killer's mind was horrifying. It scared me stiff. Gosh, my eyes probably just skimmed over the words instead of reading them, all because of this awful killer's mentality that Kimberly Derting excellently created. I have to congratulate her for such a scary POV!
You actually never find out the killer's name, but you see enough of him through out to strike terror into your heart. It was awful thinking about all those poor girls and the fact that Violet is hanging in the possibility of being a target herself.

Now onto a lighter factor in the story, the Romance. We actually spend most of the book with Violet crushing on Jay and them both staying in the friend zone, but finally Jay kisses her and it's all happy! One of my favourite things about their relationship is that they are both boyfriend & girlfriend as well as best friends, which I find so sweet! I also love how Jay wouldn't let anything happen to Violet.. awww! I would hate if ANYTHING happened to these two characters.. Which reminds me:

That ending nearly killed me! I was so upset, when I thought someone had died and I was in the stage where I start thinking that I don't want to read this series because the pain of not having the said person there would be too great.. Thankfully I was wrong because there was an epilogue which showed me that everything was fine. It was sort of a mini killer cliffhanger. In fact, it was one of the best I have ever read.

There was only one tiny thing that annoyed me and that was that the killer, even when they didn't know his identity, was always referred to as a he, and I don't know if I missed some crucial evidence that showed that but it just sort of annoyed me slightly. Yes, I am a girl, but I not such a feminist to say that women don't kill. Even history shows that.

Apart from that, this book was great so it is time for the all important quote:

“I've been so worried about strange men following you around that I forgot how dangerous Homecoming Queens can be.”
― Kimberly Derting,
The Body Finder

Bye Bye!

 


Friday, 3 May 2013

My Reading List: 3/5/13

Hi Everyone!

This is my Reading List Post, and I have two books to add. Forgive me that I couldn't take a live photo!



The Iron Daughter: You are going to have to bear with me as I'm now at the stage where I read all the books in a series. And, Yes, I am excited to read this. I need more Ash.

My Soul to Take: This seems like an original plot and storyline and I'm thinking that it should be good! Hopefully, it will live up to my expectations.

Bye!



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