No Reverse is a story of unconditional love and sacrifices. Marion Croslydon told this story in a brilliant way, alternating point of views between thNo Reverse is a story of unconditional love and sacrifices. Marion Croslydon told this story in a brilliant way, alternating point of views between the two main characters, and also alternating the timelines from past to present, it takes an excellent writer to be able to do this without confusing the readers. No Reverse is a thought provoking tale, that makes it's readers question what they would do in such a situation. This is an emotional roller coaster ride novel, so definitely not for the faint hearted, prepare to feel!
I absolutely adored this book and it was a fast paced story that I devoured quite obligingly within a few sittings. This is not the type of book I normally read but the drama and the spice within this novel was really a very engaging read, I think I'll definitely be picking more New Adult Contemporary Romance from now on, if they are anything like No Reverse.
What I loved about No Reverse is the realistic situation in this story, it could have happened to anyone, and this is where it provokes the readers to think, "what would I do if I had been in that situation?" It's really quite a hard answer and seeing the characters as they made choices, whether it was the right or wrong ones really made the readers invested in the story. You cheer for a happy ending for all involved.
The main characters all had their faults and this added to the realism of the situation, which is definitely what I love about the novel, it read like a true life event, as if it had happened to yourself personally. Marion also writes the novel so well that the emotions that the characters felt jumps off the pages at it's readers and it makes you feel the way they are feeling. This book really makes the readers very involved emotionally.
No Reverse is immersed in drama, and the characters are likeable but real, the emotions are felt through it's pages, and it's definitely not ones for the faint hearted who wants to be detached from the story they read. This book will include you and drag you into it's arms, you will be holding your breath as if each decision taken involves you, it's a thought provoking and very involving book.
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Date with the Dead is a fun murder mystery based novel with loveable characters that make you wThis review was originally posted at Paperback Princess
Date with the Dead is a fun murder mystery based novel with loveable characters that make you want so much more. Chris Myers writing is engrossing and the mystery unfolded perfectly, despite the novel revolving around teens the mystery was not easily guessed. There was also several sub-plots which kept the story more interesting. I'd probably say this is somewhat in between the Nancy Drew Series and the mystery-side of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series.
Jolie Livingston recently moved with her Mother to Plymouth after inheriting her Aunt Ophelia's home. In Plymouth Jolie starts her own ghost eradicating company, Ripsters (Rest In Peace Sophisticated Technology for Efficient Removal of Spirits), now seriously, how can you not love a writer that creates such an awesome name/slogan? Jolie's first "case" is the ghost plaguing a local family, the Caldwells, this is where she meets one of her co-Ripsters, Reese, who also had his own ghost hunting company, with Reese's fancy equipments and Jolie's expertise they made a fantastic team.
The characters were so fun and their investigative techniques were so entertaining to read about. I really enjoyed the characters and I think that it's definitely one of the strong points of this book. Eventually Ripsters had expanded to include Brit, a local Judge's daughter, then towards the end Hayden, Jolie's crush, and we can't forget Drew, Jolie's best friend and the team's ghost! The Ripsters had a fantastic relationship between them and I just enjoyed the way they interacted.
Despite the Caldwell's ghost being the main mystery plot of this novel, there were other mysteries that the Ripsters had to solve, one being a soldier ghost that's following Brit around, then there's also the Paranormal Guild which wasn't really explained in this book, along with a stalker that followed Jolie and her Mother from New Orleans, and to top it off Jolie has made enemies at her school with a group of girls that can prove to be more dangerous than the ghosts that she's hunting.
Date with the Dead is a fast paced, engrossing mystery novel with loveable characters that have the Readers wanting so much more. I cannot wait to read Dead and Missing. Date with the Dead still had a fantastic conclusive ending despite it being part of a series and I really liked how Myers ended Date with the Dead, it was still rounded off nicely and if Myers left Date with the Dead as a standalone it would have still worked, I would have just been sad that I couldn't enjoy the characters more....more
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You know what they say, time goes fast when your having fun. Going by that premise, I must have bee having the time of my life as I read Aberrant, Ruth Silver's debut novel in one sitting and I didn't feel like a minute had gone by, let alone the many hours that actually did! From the Prologue to the last page Ruth Silver had me excitedly flipping through the pages wanting to know what's happening next. I was actually surprised when I got to the last page as it slowly dawned on me that the book already finished and I didn't even know it was close to finishing! It wasn't left on a cliffhanger but I had not been aware that the book was coming to an end, that's how much I was enjoying it!
Olivia Parker is unlike any other child, she is conceived naturally at a time and place where this has not been the norm for quite some time. When the Government finds out they arrest Olivia and her Mother, Samantha immediately, ensuring their secret remains hidden, but when the Rebel Alliance steps in and helps Olivia escape she is able to breathe easy knowing she's got allies. Unfortunately, as Olivia and her best friend, Joshua, makes the journey to the Rebel Alliance town of Haven, what they find when they arrive there is not much better than what they left at their hometown of Genesis, there are rules and there are expectations for Olivia. Is one governing body really better than the other? Could the couple trust anyone or are they in it all alone?
Aberrant is a fast-paced debut novel that was filled with action and heart thumping moments, as readers are constantly made to guess who can be trusted and what their ulterior motives were. I absolutely loved the main characters, Olivia and Joshua, they were both very mature and sensible from the beginning. These qualities really helped them through their journey as they deciphered who they could and couldn't trust. I felt extremely sorry for the two as they left behind a trail of people they thought they could trust that proved them otherwise. I just felt the loneliness that they were feeling, not to mention the disappointment, as they found again and again that there were no one else to trust but each other.
I really enjoyed Olivia and Joshua's connection and I'm a bit torn because I know that they're childhood sweethearts and will be romantically involved in the future, but I kind of felt like their partnership was somewhat of a best friend or sibling partnership more so than a romantic one, however, the romance, whilst touched on within Aberrant's pages, wasn't greatly explored, and so I may have to wait for the consecutive books to comment on the romantic aspect of their relationship, but from Aberrant alone it seemed like they had more of a brother-sister or best-friend feel to their relationship.
Aberrant's plot and Silver's writing, along with the sensible main characters really had me greatly enjoying this book and it certainly ended far too soon for my liking. This is the first novel that I have read that I was surprised to have found myself in the last page and not even know it. It's very action-packed and there was not a moment where readers heart will slow, as there was constant betrayals and new revelations at every corner. This was a highly enjoyable read and I recommend it to all those that enjoy dystopian novels. I commend Ruth Silver for this fantastic debut novel that was highly entertaining with a plot that was simply amazing! Loved, loved, loved Aberrant! It's definitely high up in my list of favourite books of 2013 thus far. ...more
Grishma is a great debut fairytale-esque, adventureThis review was originally posted on Paperback Princess to view in it's entirety please click here.
Grishma is a great debut fairytale-esque, adventure, YA fantasy novel by Kelly Anne Blount. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey that this book takes the readers on, it's well-paced and thrilling journey. There were some elements that baffled me and would have liked further explanation on, for example, I didn't understand why Grishma came to our World. However, Blount may just be setting the scene for the following books in the series, and an explanation may come at a later date.
Ryder is a traumatised teen who's main objective in life is to seek revenge for his Father's death and to rescue his Mother and Sister after being kidnapped by the same monster that killed his Father, Grishma. Brooklyn and Ryder's lives collide when Ryder is forced to transport Brooklyn to Necoh, whilst trying to save her from Grishma. What seemed like a saving grace at the time, transporting Brooklyn to Necoh, turned out to be more disastrous for the pair as local residents believe Brooklyn is the missing Princess Sophie, the Princess who's got a reward for her safe return.
Grishma is an amazing action-packed novel that has you glued to the very first page. Grishma is told from alternating views, which is quite hard to write, but Blount did an amazing job, keeping the two views separate with enough personality injected into each that you know who's view it is immediately. The story was well-paced and the entire journey was a thrilling ride with much heart-pumping action and anticipation as you eagerly await for what would happen next. The way the story unfolded was perfectly paced and there was a lot of surprising elements thrown in that the story never got boring.
Ryder was the perfect hero and gentleman there wasn't a part in the book where I got annoyed by him which was quite a feat considering most of the books I read the protagonist always has some fault. He wasn't your perfect protagonist but you can see that he's kind, loving, loyal and all the good stuff that boys are rarely made off LOL (just kidding). Brooklyn, I didn't enjoy her character as much, I felt that she lacked character. I didn't feel like she showed enough emotion to what was happening around her till towards the end. I much enjoyed Alexia and Bressa's characters despite the short time they appeared in the story. I had hoped that the story would end differently with two separate couples but alas it didn't but the story is not over yet so we shall see.
Grishma is an adventurous journey with a fairytale-like storyline. It's readers would be glued to it's pages as they rapidly flip through the pages, highly anticipating what happens to it's characters. It's a well-written, well-plotted story and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters. I did find some things that I would have liked further explained, and I did not understand Grishma the monster, for example why she was a "she" and so forth, but I hope to uncover more of the story in the following books. I'd highly recommend this book to the middle grade to young adult age group who enjoys fantasy, adventure and fairytale stories. A wonderful and well-written debut novel, and I'd definitely be reading other books written by Kelly Anne Blount.
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Ballad wasn't really a sequel per-se. This book concentrated oThis review was originally posted on Paperback Princess to view directly pls click here.
Ballad wasn't really a sequel per-se. This book concentrated on James whilst Dee only made some cameo appearances via text messages. Every 2nd chapter had text messages from Dee so we knew what was happening with her, but generally the story was about James and his introduction into the fey world. You would easily be able to read Ballad without reading Lament and you'd still be able to understand what was going on. However, I'd still recommend reading Lament, because although it wasn't as great as Ballad it was still an extremely well written story.
Had I been able to give halves for stars, I would have given Lament 4.5 stars because I felt that Ballad was definitely a bit better if not a lot better than Lament. It wasn't the story, Maggie Stiefvater's writing is always poetic, lyrical with lots of background lore that I love, but James is such a better character than Dee.
James Morgan is extremely cheeky, funny and sarcastic, I just loved the dialogue and James' character in general. I think James' character really made Ballad into the awesomeness that it is!
With an extremely well thought out storyline, amusing characters and Stiefvater's engrossing writing made Ballad a very enjoyable read. I would always highly recommend Stiefvater's books, but Ballad has so far been my favourite of all her books....more
Jack Templar and the Monster Academy is the second book in The Templar Chronicles by Jeff GunhThis review was originally posted at Paperback Princess.
Jack Templar and the Monster Academy is the second book in The Templar Chronicles by Jeff Gunhus. Like it's predecessor, Jack Templar the Monster Hunter, it's fast-paced, adventurous and a thrilling journey for it's readers.
Jack Templar and the Monster Academy starts off soon after Jack Templar the Monster Hunter ends. Jack and the gang are travelling, there's lots of excitement, anticipation and training aboard the ship that will take them closer to their ultimate destination, the Monster Academy. A few pages into the book the gang faces a monster attack aboard the ship that their on, the excitement and action doesn't stop from there on. There was wolf, goblins and screechers attacks, just to name a few. If that was not bad enough for young Jack, he soon finds himself with the burden and the massive responsibility of not only saving his Father, the Academy but the entire human race. He must find the Jerusalem Stones in order to put a stop to the war that the Creech Lord, Ren Lucre, is waging against humans.
The characters were fabulous as usual. Jack and his gang, Eva, Will and T-Rex was still the main focus of the story but we also had an antagonist, Daniel, an Academy Instructor who has feelings for Eva come into the story. Daniel in the beginning was unlikeable, mean and a general bully with a strong dislike for our hero. However, mid way through the story Daniel tells his touching story which nearly brought me to tears and the Readers soon understand why he is the way he is. He quickly redeems himself after that, and I was able to forget and forgive his indiscretions at the start and soon enough, Daniel not only wins the heart of the readers but also that of the "gang".
Jack Templar and the Monster Academy is a fabulous sequel to Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter. Its fast-paced and just as exciting as it's predecessor, probably even more so. The entire story was an edge of your seat, thrilling roller coaster ride. Upon seeing that GWR is hosting a tour for book 2 in The Templar Chronicles I just HAD to participate as I thoroughly enjoyed the first book. It's not just for the Middle-Grade, its for anyone that enjoys an adventure, a simply written book but lots of depth within the story. I really love the characters, and this is really half my love for this series. Looking forward to reading the next book in this well-written series by Jeff Gunhus, Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires....more
Zachary Connor is a 16 year old Scavenger from the Underworld, he seeks out anything worth itThis review was originally posted at Paperback Princess.
Zachary Connor is a 16 year old Scavenger from the Underworld, he seeks out anything worth it through the rubbish that lands in his world from the Overworld. Life changes for Zachary when he finds a working Intercom that had photos and video diary entries of a girl from the Overworld, Rosa Kade. When a coincidental meeting between the two takes place, both became interested and infatuated with the other and Rosa makes a bold move and contacts Zac through the Raptor (Intercom) and this is when their friendship begins...
Disconnect, the first book in the Divided Worlds Trilogy is a debuting dystopian/sci-fi novel by Author, Imran Siddiq. I highly advise Readers to keep an eye out for Siddiq if his debuting novel is anything to go by. Siddiq's novel is a fast-paced emotional roller coaster that's highly entertaining but at the same time his concept is interesting. This book was an interesting read and the story takes unexpected twists so the story was far from predictable. I enjoy books that surprise me.
The characters had a good chemistry between them. Zachary is my favourite main character as he was kind to his Father and his android, Patch, he was very real and despite all the rawness that he tries to project externally he was still soft in the inside. I really liked Zac's character when he gets an apprentice, Diego. Zac was a reluctant teacher and he acted mean but his real personality comes through despite him not wanting it to.
I wasn't a huge fan of Rosa because there was times when she seemed like just a spoilt brat. I also really liked Patch and Zac's Father. He too was raw and tried to be rough outside but deep down he was kind and loving to his son. There were several emotional scenes that had me in the verge of crying.
Disconnect is an amazing plot that I highly enjoyed, I certainly will be picking up the consecutive books in the series. I really am invested in knowing what becomes of Zac's and Rosa's life. I really enjoyed the surprising elements that Siddiq threw into the mix. I had only hoped that Siddiq provided more in depth information regarding the world creation. Despite that, I totally loved this novel and looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. ...more
"The sins of the Father, is the sins of the Sons...or in this case, the daughter"
Rae Kerrigan was made an orphan at the age of six when both her parents died in a house fire. Adopted by her Uncle and Aunty who moved her half way across the world from England to New York City. Now at 15, Rae is on her way back to England after her Uncle persuaded her to take up an offer from Guilder, a prestigious boarding school, one that she did not apply for.
Rae of Hope is the first in the Chronicles of Kerrigan series by Wanita May. It's a fast-paced and easy read and it reminded me somewhat of the Harry Potter series for several reasons; she gets an acceptance into a school she did not apply for, a boarding school in England and when she arrives she finds out that everyone is "special" with powers. However, that's where the similarity ends. The Author swoops in and creates a unique Paranormal story that was quite an unexpected enjoyable read.
Guilder is a prestigious school that belongs to special children, initially for males only, the school made an exception to allow girls in the year that Rae Kerrigan was due to turn 16. At 16 all students in Guilder get a tattoo "tatu". This power is hereditary and all the students have at least one parent that also holds the power and have the tatu. Rae is different because BOTH her parents had powers, a tatu couple is frowned upon by their society.
Rae believes she's going to be the unobtrusive student that no one notices, as she was in her previous school. However, when she arrives at Guilder, she soon realises very quickly that this wouldn't be the case. It seems that in their hidden society she's somewhat of a celebrity because of her parents. Not knowing much about her parents Rae soon unravels the disturbing story behind her Parents death and the history of her Parents that she was not told about.
Rae of Hope is a fantastic debut novel by Wanita May. I enjoyed the unique concept that at 16, children of those that have tatu powers also receive powers. I did however, wish that May provided more information as to how the children get the tatu and the powers. Generally more background info than it's hereditary magical powers.
One part that I felt May really excelled at is the depiction of Guilder. She really makes you feel like your there and I really enjoyed the old-school (literally) and I really wanted to go to Guilder! I also enjoyed the characters, WJ May did a fantastic job depicting the characters. However, there was a twist in the story and I honestly did not see that coming. I'm really looking forward to reading Dark Nebula. Please do follow the remaining stops of this tour so you can check out the other reviews! This is a series tour so you'll find reviews of Dark Nebula too. ...more
Exhale is another fantastic book written by a faThis review was originally posted at Paperback Princess to view in it's originality please click here.
Exhale is another fantastic book written by a fast-becoming fave Author of mine, Jennifer Snyder. I was first introduced to Jennifer through her Reaper Novellas, I reviewed Hereafter, and a review of Touch & Choice will be coming soon.
Exhale is a Contemporary Romance involving a love triangle between two twin brothers, Derek and Kyle Connor and Katie Elliot. Katie and the Connor Brothers have always been best-friends since birth, their Parents were best-friends and next door neighbours. So when Derek and Katie finally came out with their true feelings for each other, they are put in an awkward predicament as Kyle was always the one that professed his undying love for Katie. Their relationship gets even more difficult when a tragedy strikes their trio, their lives will never be the same...
"Inhaling in life is easy. It's the exhaling - the letting go - that's the hard part." ~ Jennifer Snyder @ Exhale
This has become one of my favourite quotes. With such a strong Introduction, it's hard not to read on. Exhale is fast-paced, straight to the point leaving you breathless in no time. However, don't let the lack of length detract you, the characters were well developed and Snyder had the Reader easily hooked into their lives and you hold your breath as you watch and wait to see what happens to them, I think that this shows fantastic writing ability, to have your Readers hooked and caring for your characters in such a short time.
Despite being simply written, the emotions behind each word has you feeling the story, not just reading it. I felt for the characters and I really felt like I was personally going through their tragedy, their hopes and dreams and their disappointment and happiness. Exhale is an emotional ride that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's rare for an ending to satisfy most readers, but I must say, Exhale had a brilliant ending, that wrapped the story up beautifully, it's actually one of the finer points of this book.
This is theoretically the 3rd book I've read by Snyder, the first two being in the Paranormal genre, Exhale being Romance, and I have to say, no matter what genre she is writing I've thoroughly enjoyed her words, her story-telling and her plot creation. As I had previously mentioned, she is fast-becoming a favourite! ...more
I Am Alive by Cameron Jace is a unique concept of the future. In a totalitarian world everyoneThis review was originally posted at Paperback Princess.
I Am Alive by Cameron Jace is a unique concept of the future. In a totalitarian world everyone is ranked between 5-9, 8-9 being the highest, pre-5's being "Monsters". Each year, teens participate in a Ranking Day where they receive their ranks for life, those that gets Monster status participates in The Monster Show. A televised game show similar to Surviver, the difference being, The Monster Show is a brutal game that ends with death...you are counted as a participant if you continue to say "I Am Alive" after each activity.
Decca Tenderstone a 7, predicted to be an 8 swaps her iAM (iPhone) with a Monster. Decca believes that the last standing teen in the previous year's Monster Show, her best friend, Woo, is still alive and hiding within the Dizney "Playa" Battlefield compound where the game is played. Decca is adamant that Woo is still alive and she is determined to be reunited with him, at all cost.
I Am Alive is an engrossing and interesting read that grips you from the very beginning. Jace created a dystopian world that was distinctive from other dystopian worlds I've previously read about. I did enjoy the references to our current time which is supposedly the "past". From the very beginning the story captivated me. There was some parts of the "history" that baffled me and it did not make sense, possibly because it's talking about the current time in an incorrect manner, but as you read through the book you understand why their concept of our current time is misconstrued.
The characters were great. Decca was fun to read about as she wasn't perfect and she was sometimes conflicted with her choices. Leo, despite the fact that you don't know his motives, was still a hero in my eyes especially as he tries to save Decca several times. I like his heroic and no-BS attitude. I also enjoyed several of the secondary characters most especially Ariadna; love that she is a true rebel/Monster despite being rated as an "8" she still remained loyal to Decca right till the end. I also enjoyed Bellona and Pepper too, they helped make the story more enjoyable to read.
I Am Alive is a great introductory book in the I Am Alive series by Author, Cameron Jace. His concept is fantastic and original and the story is fascinating and grips the readers from beginning till the end. The ending is explosive and makes the readers crave for more. The characters are relatable and reading through their challenges were entertaining because of their personalities. I Am Alive is a distinctive dystopian novel that's entertaining and a gripping read, and I'm looking forward to the consecutive books in this trilogy.
Paige is unlike any other teen, she hears premonitions. Unsure of what this voice in her head mThis review was originally posted at Paperback Princess
Paige is unlike any other teen, she hears premonitions. Unsure of what this voice in her head means and the constant ringing in her ears she chooses to avoid it fearing the truth behind it. She happily continues to live her mundane and lonely life when Nathan unexpectedly enters...everything she knew changed as he shows her that the world is not as it seems. Firstly, there's immortality and secondly, there are evil spirits that take host bodies. Paige is thrust into the throng of the evilness around her when an old spirit residing in one of her friends bodies sets his sights on her. The "old one" seems to think that Paige is special and the key to finding King Solomon's ring, a ring that allows the holder to control all evil spirits.
Beyond the Eyes by Rebekkah Ford is an engrossing read with original content and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I'm going to first mention my two personal gripes against this book. Firstly I felt that the story was paced too slowly, I felt that the mystery and all the paranormal aspect wasn't being divulged fast enough. Too much of the chapters were dedicated to mundane and irrelevant aspects, however, being the first book in the series, maybe Ford had done this on purpose to really get the readers to get to know the characters.
My second point...we have another instant love in the YA genre! I don't quite understand why as Ford had substantial amount of chapters dedicated to Paige and Nathan getting to know each other so I don't understand why she did not pace their love story a bit better, but alas, those are my thoughts. Their love was so intense so quickly that I failed to understand the love between them. I was being "told" about their relationship but I wasn't "feeling" it.
However, despite those two gripes I had with the book I loved the story. It's originality and all it's contents were fantastic. I liked how the book was multi-dimensional, whilst it did revolve around Paige, there was Paige and Nathan's love story, then there was the mystery behind Paige's Father and also the mystery behind the evil spirits and their fascination towards Paige...so there was quite a few things going on in the book, it just never got boring. However, I picked this book up to read a paranormal story and that's why I felt that there was far too much chapters devoted to Paige and Nathan's love story. I must mention also that I would probably rate this as a New Adult genre more so than a YA as there is sexual content and connotation which may not be inappropriate for those under the age of 16, but that's my personal opinion.
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and strangely enough I loved the secondary characters MORE than the main characters. I really enjoyed Tree and Carrie's character. Both these characters had such great personalities that they really translated through the pages. You can fully envision what type of people they were and you easily get immersed into their life and become vested in their story.
Despite my personal gripes with Beyond the Eyes I still highly recommend it, as the characters, plot, mystery and originality more than makes up for those indiscretions. I really enjoyed the story, the mystery was not easily solved and it was a fascinating and original read....more
Paige's world changed as she knew it, all in one day! Starting witThis review was originally posted at Paperback Princess to view directly click here.
Paige's world changed as she knew it, all in one day! Starting with strange lighting that seems to come out of her hand, followed by hearing classmates whispered conversation all the way from the other side of the class room, to finding a classmate ready to attack her in her own lounge room...it's fair to say it's not her ordinary school day. Her eventful day ends with an even bigger surprise when her Mother tells her a story that only comes out of fairytales, her family history! Paige must now try to digest her new life, battle through her emotions, undergo physical changes all the while watching out for weres that seem to be stalking her.
Black Moon by Jessica McQuay is the first book in the Paige Tailor series. It's a YA paranormal novel that revolves around faeries. There are heaps of other creatures mentioned and I really enjoyed the book from the time Paige and her Mother travels to Verulean, where her Mother was born, and this, for me, is where the story really begins.
The beginning of the story was slightly slow and uneventful for me as there was so many things happening that I just didn't know why they were happening. Some parts of the book I found choppy, but I'm sure McQuay will elaborate in the next books in the series. I have found some first books in a series to be like this, only for the following books to be brilliant so I won't pre-judge as most books are just introductions to the series.
Black Moon is still a fascinating and amusing read. It's quite action-packed, and I'm sure that McQuay intended for it to be a bit suspenseful and for readers to be awed as they enter a new world. The character development were fair and you can tell that there are more to them that will be revealed soon as there was a lot of questions in my mind after I finished Black Moon. However, the plot is original and concept is inventive, I only wish that it was explained more thoroughly. I will still be reading the following books in the series....more
LJ Smith's Young Adult series was highly recommended to me. I began reOriginally posted at Paperback Princess to view in it's entirety pls click here.
LJ Smith's Young Adult series was highly recommended to me. I began reading the Vampire Diaries Series commencing with The Awakening and getting through three quarters of The Struggling but failed to have enough patience to get through the rest. Whilst I have read the synopsis for the remaining two books in the series and believe that the story line is excellent in many ways I feel that the progress of the series is quite slow.
However, being fair to the series and author if I had read it when I was in my teens (target group for this series) I would have most probably enjoyed it a lot more. I will definitely recommend it to teens and young adults but for an adult you may not receive enough encouragement from the plot to keep you going. I will try and persevere to read at the very least till the end of The Struggle....more
I love the story line, the whole concept of the consequences of decisiOriginally posted at Paperback Princess to view in it's entirety pls click here.
I love the story line, the whole concept of the consequences of decisions and lies and how it has a "domino" effect. It makes you really think about how a decision that you think is fair and right can change your life forever and not for the better, it makes you think of how precious and sensitive our lives are. The theme of down syndrome is very sad too, it makes you ponder what would you do in such a situation?
However, despite my love for the story line and it's concept and themes I was quite disappointed with the progress of the novel, I felt it very slow and felt that the ending had really much to be desired. I felt that Edwards didn't tie the loose ends well. For example; the novel was mainly about Dr David Henry's decision, why he made such a choice, what his motives were and how it affected him and in turn affected his entire family in the long run and yet he just dies! After reading the book I was thinking constantly "Why did she end it like that?" "Why did that happen to (character's name)?" Whilst it was a happy enough ending it just wasn't the happy ending that I would have desired, but then each reader have their own theories and thoughts on how one story should begin, progress and end, hence it just didn't appeal to me personally, which doesn't necessarily mean it won't appeal to you. The best way to describe the ending is "rushed" as if she just needed to finish it off due to deadline and hence, wherever the characters were in their lives at that stage got finished off.
Having said that, whilst I won't read it again I'm still pleased to have read it. The concept and themes are wonderful and one of those books that have several "morals" to the story and very thought provoking, I thoroughly enjoyed the story itself and just wished that it was implemented better. The actual writing is good, not literary masterpiece but nonetheless its a light read without the need of too much concentration but not too simplified that you loose interest whilst reading. ...more
This book goes straight into adventure. Like I said in the review of tOriginally posted at Paperback Princess to view in it's entirety pls click here.
This book goes straight into adventure. Like I said in the review of the first book, I've noticed that the first book of a series is always not as good nor as exciting as it always has to introduce the readers to the world created by the author and it's characters, but once the first book is completed I've noticed it's much more fast paced after that. Hence, just be patient with the first book and if it's got a plot that's good, persevere with the rest in the series. So lectures aside...
The Midnighters are just getting over their last adventure of saving one of them from being turned into a half-ling when in the middle of the day, whilst at a pep rally the Midnight hour arrives. In search for answers, they find another human, unfrozen and a non-Midnighter, stuck in the midnight hour. They save the girl, but in doing so they soon unfold the answers to their questions.
The Midnight hour has a physical hole, one where the midnight world and the normal world coincides, allowing humans to be within it, unfrozen, which would mean that Darklings are able to hunt them. As if that's not bad enough, it seems that the hole will remain open once a year for 25 hours, leaving Darklings with an "all you can eat humans" for 25 hours. The Midnighters need to find a stop, a way to seal this hole, to keep the Darklings existence to the one midnight hour.
Like I said this book went straight to adventure but I personally didn't like the ending, there was no happy ending for the Midnighters but I'm unsure whether there are going to be other books to the series, so maybe that's not the ending after all. I'm really amazed that despite Westerfeld's unrealistic created world, I still enjoyed reading it. ...more
I've read two series by Scott Westerfeld and finally come to the serieOriginally posted at Paperback Princess to view in it's entirety pls click here.
I've read two series by Scott Westerfeld and finally come to the series which introduced me to this writer to begin with. I'm just glad that I've finally got to read it, I read it in less than 24 hours. It was great, once again, I applaud Westerfeld for the creative world that he has created for this series. Like his other series, it's always unique and new, even if the themes aren't. Somehow he is able to write it as if it has been a theme that only he has created. However, Uglies, is definitely an original.
In Westerfeld's Uglies series everyone are "Uglies" until they turn 16 where they undergo an operation which turns them into "Pretties". Tally Youngblood is turning 16 in a few months, she is lonely as her best friend, Peris, just turned into a Pretty leaving Tally all alone in Uglyville whilst he parties and creates a new life with new friends at New Pretty Town.
When sneaking to New Pretty Town to talk to Peris, a highly dangerous and criminal activity, she meets Shay. Shay being the youngest in her group of friends is also alone and friendless as all her friends have turned 16, however, unlike Tally's friends, Shay's friends haven't all gone to live in New Pretty Town. The two fast become best friends and soon the eve of their shared 16th birthday had arrived.
That night Shay arrives at Tally's dorm encouraging Tally to runaway with her to a town where they don't need to undergo the operation to turn Pretty. Tally is sad as Shay leaves but doesn't go with her. However, as Tally wakes up the next morning ready for her Pretty operation a "Special Circumstances" officer, an FBI-like authority in Westerfeld's world, tells Tally that she is unable to turn Pretty unless she works with them to find Shay, who had apparently ran away to a town filled with rebels.
This book is is fast paced and contains many adventures. The plot is quite straight forward but its a highly exciting and original plot that keeps you wanting more. Unlike most first books in a series, Uglies was highly exciting and a page turner. Highly recommended! I've now started "Pretties" which is the second book in the series. Hopefully a beautiful box set will come out when the series is complete.
This novel is like no other that I've read, it's a compilation of lettOriginally posted at Paperback Princess to view in it's entirety pls click here.
This novel is like no other that I've read, it's a compilation of letters to and from the characters. I didn't realize that this would actually be an effective method of telling a story but for this book it worked a treat.
This is certainly not a book that I would have picked up on my accord, which cements my decision in joining several book clubs, it has introduced me to books that I would normally not read. This is the scheduled book for both Book-a-month and Bookies Too, both Yahoo groups.
This book is set in the post-war era. A London-based writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a Dawsey Adams from Guernsey. He had come across a book by Charles Lamb originally owned by Juliet, she had written her details on the book. By contacting Juliet, Dawsey had hoped she could give him contact details of local London book stores that may stock more Charles Lamb books. During the correspondence he mentions the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society which, with a name like that obviously piqued Juliet's curiosity. Hence, this was the beginning of the stories to come.
Juliet stating her interest on this strangely named group started receiving letters from other members with their own tales of their lives and experiences during the war when the Germans had invaded Guernsey. The correspondence became intense and Juliet was soon invited and happily accepted a visit to Guernsey where both herself and her new friends all learn something about themselves, their lives and each other.
To be honest I'm not quite sure how to put my thoughts about this book onto a post. I don't even know at this stage whether I actually liked the book or not! However, I had read the book in less than 24 hours so it definitely sustained my interest but it wasn't your usual "I can't sleep till it's read" page-turner.
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society is definitely very interesting and enjoyable. It's an easy read which is something that I appreciate considering it's heavy topic of war. I find that most war books are quite monotonous, being a very sad and depressing topic it's quite hard to find the right balance, but Mary Ann Shaffer did a wonderful job. Having said that, this book is still quite in depth regarding themes hence I will await till I have read and participated in the book club discussions before I write the conclusion of this review. Please bear with me till then....more
Tally Youngblood is a Pretty, a member of the most prestigious cliqueOriginally posted at Paperback Princess to view in it's entirety pls click here.
Tally Youngblood is a Pretty, a member of the most prestigious clique "The Crims" and their leader, Zane is Tally's boyfriend. What more can a girl want? A brain of her own perhaps?
As Tally is celebrating one of the bash (party) at New Pretty Town she gets a visitor from the past. Croy, a member of the New Smoke gives her instructions to retrieve something. Zane and Tally curious and following the clues and instructions come across a hidden pouch which contained a letter and two little pills. The letter was addressed to Tally from Tally, telling herself that she had given consent to trial Maddy's cure from being a Pretty. Special Circumstances were fast on their trail so Tally and Zane takes a pill each.
The couple are convinced that they are both cured but Zane is constantly getting bad headaches. This is un-pretty like and they feared that Special Circumstances would realize. They decide to escape to New Smoke to be free and to get help for Zane's headaches. This is where their adventures begin.
Out of the first 3 books in the series, Pretties is my favorite. Uglies does come a close second. Uglies and Pretties have a similar plot line where Tally goes for an adventure to try and "fix" things and make things right, the main difference between the two books is the leading men. Uglies, Tally had David and Pretties she had Zane. I think that I really liked Pretties because I really enjoyed Tally and Zane being together. They seemed to have had a lot more of a connection than Tally and David. Zane's presence changed Tally that she became a more likable character. I really liked Zane's characters and since he is one of the main characters in this book it was highly enjoyable. ...more
Tally Youngblood has been made into a Cutter, a part of the Special CiOriginally posted at Paperback Princess to view in it's entirety pls click here.
Tally Youngblood has been made into a Cutter, a part of the Special Circumstances. Dr Cable has created these teenagers as weapons of destruction, from their bones, strength and reflexes they were built to control and to fight!
Tally goes to see Zane and due to the problems with the cure pills Zane has some disabilities which Tally cannot see beyond. His slight disability is seen as disgusting in Tally's eyes but yet she still feels love for him and wants him to be a Special like her. By having him "changed" into a Special he will no longer have his slight disabilities and it will be back the way it was between the two of them.
Shay, being the leader of the Cutters' main aim is bring the New Smoke down. Tally and Shay creates a plan where they get both their objectives achieved. They will help Zane with a clever escape where he will lead them to the New Smoke. Through this it will prove to Dr Cable that Zane is a "Specials" material and Shay will get to bring down the New Smoke. Unfortunately things didn't turn out as planned, their actions causing more trouble than worth and at the end neither of their objectives were accomplished.
Out of the three books I've read in the series this is the one that I disliked the most for several reasons. For starters Tally's attitude was just shocking in this one and it took too long into the book before she sees her evil ways. Westerfeld also did things within the book that I couldn't understand his motives for it. The most disappointing thing about this book is that it didn't give me the happily ever after ending that I was hoping for and the most likable character in the whole series, Zane, was killed off! However, if you've read Uglies and Pretties and enjoyed it, you'll still have to read Specials just so that you know how it ends, but it's not a happy ending. ...more
I just loved this book! It's got to be one of my favorite books of alOriginally posted at Paperback Princess to view in it's entirety pls click here.
I just loved this book! It's got to be one of my favorite books of all time! It is very deep in meaning but it was so wonderfully told. At the start of the book it maybe confusing as there are two stories being told simultaneously and no connection can be seen apart from the location...Jellicoe Road. Then as Taylor starts piecing things together for herself the readers start seeing the connection between the past and the present story and it's got a lot more than just the location. The two stories eventually interweaves together and once you realize the connection the story becomes more intense, hence the reason as to why I think it's definitely a must to re-read, this time knowing all the information from the beginning.
I'm so impressed with Melina Marchetta, it was a hard story to read so I can imagine that it'd be a harder story to tell and yet she managed to do it perfectly. The combination of the two stories were placed together just at the right moments, just giving you enough clues to keep you going. It's definitely a book that gets you thinking, similar to that of a puzzle. I even had written on an envelope which I also used as my bookmark writing down the names of the characters in the stories and trying to figure out who was who and how they are connected to each other.
This is actually written for Young Adult and yet I feel that this book is so deep that I wonder if many teens would actually have the patience to persevere with the story and figure out what's happening. However, for a 26 year old adult it really did a piece on me and it's definitely a story that I will remember. ...more
Sookie Stackhouse is back with three mysteries to solve! Lafayette, MeOriginally posted at Paperback Princess to view in it's entirety pls click here.
Sookie Stackhouse is back with three mysteries to solve! Lafayette, Merlotte's African-American cook has been found murdered in local policeman's car, Andy Bellefleur. Last seen speaking about a sex club Sookie must find this exclusive and invite only club, be invited and trusted so that she can bring justice to the killer and free Andy from wrongful conviction.
Sookie has been "loaned" by Eric to a Dallas vampire, Stan. Stan's brother, Farrell has been missing and he wants Sookie to find him. Farrell is found in custody of an anti-vampire organization and Sookie is way over her head as she finds herself just as trapped as Farrell, can she free herself and Farrell by sunrise, when he's scheduled to be burned?
And if that doesn't seem enough to you, Sookie has a near death encounter with a maenad, another supernatural being who is known to worship the Greek God of wine. It seems that Sookie Stackhouse's life will never be the same again.
This review is difficult for me to write as I cannot seem to decide how much I enjoy this series. I've read the plot summary for the entire series and like what I see and excited to read till the end but as I read each book it doesn't feel like it's fully satisfying. Each book has it's pros and cons.
Dead Until Dark was better in terms of mystery where you may not realize immediately who the killer is whereas in Living Dead in Dallas there is no mystery to solve, everything is shown to the reader in due time without clues ahead of time. However, Living Dead in Dallas immediately went into action and suspenseful scenes, so I will only say that I will persevere with the rest of the series and I believe that it will only get better. So till then......more