I won this book on Misha Fitt's Book Bitts. I had never heard of the series before and thought it should very fun and interesting. However, even though it was a good read nothing very interesting happen. Private is just a starter book in the series. I am only hope the next one is more exciting.
Private is about young Reed to gets a scholarship at Easton Academy, a very rich school. Reed very quickly becomes "Friends" Billings girls. Reed just wants to fit in and they are popular and beautiful, The girls every girl wants to be and the girls every guy would want to date. Soon Reed finds herself being their kind of slave and doing things that could get her expelled from school if she was caught.
Honestly, Reed isn't the best main character. She comes across very one-dimensional at the start. However, I grow to quite like her. Is easy to understand why she wants to be accepted and doing stupid tasks for the Billings girls. Her home life is hard for her so she never really had many friends. I am undecided if I like the Billing Girls or not. Sometimes they come across is selfcentred and sometimes they actually seem like the care for Reed. There are four main Billing Girls, Noelle, Ariana, Taylor and Kiram. Noelle is the bitch of the group and most popular and fear girl at school. Ariana is quite mysterious actually. We don't really know much about her aside from the fact that she is beautiful and always has her nose in a book. Kiram comes across strong and feared however, their are moments where you catch a glimpse of vulernabilty in her. Then there is Taylor, she is adorable. She is so sweet and super smart its hard not to like her.
Aswell as the Billing Girls Reed quickly falls for the sexy Thomas, who is sweet and really cares for Reed. However, the Billing Girls dont like him much and it soon turns sour.
As stated above, Private is very much a starter book. An introduction to the story and the characters. The isn't really a big build up to anything. Its just a fun light read that was good and gives you a taster for the next book. Which I have ordered and can't wait to read.
I recommend this to anyone who likes Chick-Lit that is quick and doesn't need the use of brain power. (less)
Title: Marked Series: House of Night #1 Author: P.C and Kristin Cast Genre: YA Paranormal Reviewed by: Siobhán
Decription: When sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbir...moreTitle: Marked Series: House of Night #1 Author: P.C and Kristin Cast Genre: YA Paranormal Reviewed by: Siobhán
Decription: When sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird gets Marked as a fledgling vampire she must join the House of Night school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change. But Zoe is no ordinary fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the Goddess Nyx and discovers her amazing new power to conjure the elements: earth, air, fire, water and spirit.When Zoey discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look within herself to embrace her destiny - with a little help from her new vampire friends.
-Not suitable for younger readers -
Review: I have been in an awful slump since June. I had tried so many different books and none would hold my attention longer than the first few pages. However, I was sitting watching tv and HoN popped into my head. It had been a while since I read this series so decided I would try Marked. And I devoured it in a few hours.
Marked follows Zoey as her life is turned upside down when she starts turning into a vampire. Her mother isn't supportive at all even though Zoey is scared and didn't ask for this. Zoey runs away from home to her Grandma's house but ends up having an accident and finds herself waking up in the House of Night. There she struggles to fit in because she is different to other fledglings. She is trying to juggle classes, her new friends, her almost ex boyfriend and a boy who could be her future boyfriend all the while trying to take down her enemy.
I know a lot of people don't like these books but I personally love them. When I first read Marked it was straight after Twilight and I remember thinking how different it was. I found the storyline refreshing and Zoey seriously kick ass. Yeah she has a whiny moments but she is 16 that's to be expected!!! I thought the chemistry she has with her friends are very natural and easy. The authors didn't have to force any relationships they all seemed real.
This time around I read it quicker. Just because I think my brain needed something that wasn't a challenge to read. The plot is very fast paced and so much fun. It's not overly seriously and has a lot of funny moments. However, the whole books takes place over I think 3 days? So some part do feel very rush especially the ending. An extra chapter or two and this would have been a big 5 star book for me.
I highly recommend this series who those who like their vampire stories with a twist. Marked stands as a solid start to the series and leaves you wanting more. (less)
Speak is a great Young Adult novel that follows a young girl, Melinda as she is trying to cope in school after a traumatic and horrible event that tak...moreSpeak is a great Young Adult novel that follows a young girl, Melinda as she is trying to cope in school after a traumatic and horrible event that takes place at a summer party. As she starts high school she has no friends as they have all deserted her. Its a very emotional journey for her and really gives the readers alot of think about.
Melinda is very likable and even though her story is very dark there is still a few funny parts that just balances out the darkness and depression. I really liked Melinda from the start and even though I couldn't even imagine what she is going through I felt that Laurie is did a wonderful job with getting into Melinda's head. I liked how we get glimpses from Melinda's summer where it all happened. I had a lump in my throat when Melinda finally reveals and actually tells someone what happened to her.
I only have one negative about it and that was her friends. Well her ex-friends. Honestly if I was at a party and one of my friend phoned that police. I would automatically think they had to have reason and I wouldn't stop being friends with them. I just found this part a bit unrealistic.
Overall though. Speak is a fast read that is dark and thought provoking yet has its funny moments. I read this after I read Twisted not knowing the twisted was the follow up novel. However, the stories have nothing do with each other and can be read as stand alone novels.
4.5 stars I had seen this so many times in Waterstones and had never picked it. I had never heard of these books. However, I picked it up in an offer a...more4.5 stars I had seen this so many times in Waterstones and had never picked it. I had never heard of these books. However, I picked it up in an offer and I am so glad I did. First time I read it a was drawn in from that first page and couldnt put it down. I stay up all night to finish it. I have now re-read it so many times my poor copy is falling apart. Its a story I just love returning to and I always find something new that I have missed on previous reads.
The characters in the story is probably what really drew me in. There are so many different characters and they all bring something different and unique to the story. There is a few that really stand out for me. Rose is my favourite character. Rose is a dhampire (half-vampire, half-human) she is strong, very fiesty and isn't afraid to fly off the handle from time to time. She isn't like most girl that are in book I have read recently. I really like a strong lead role in books and Rose does the job. Her best friend, Lissa, is the total opposite from Rose and that why the friendship between them work so well. Lissa is the ractional one out the two, always thinking things through, whereas Rose is often reckless. At times, I didn't like Lissa just because sometimes I felt like she just so helpless and hopeless in herself I just wanted to jump in book and shake her.
Aswell, as great female characters we get some candy. In the form of Dhampir Guardian Dimitri. He is the strong silent type that I know for fact makes girls and women week at knees. I liked the relationship that developed between him and Rose and how its just screamed sexual tension.
Vampire Academy is the first book of the Vampire Academy Series. It's an excellent start to the series with a fresh and orginal take on the vampire. With its fast paced storyline and intriguing bunch of characters Richelle has created a story that really sucks you in from the very first page.
However, it loses half a star just because of one thing and its a silly thing really but I didn't like it. In the story near the begining Rose is talking about her mum and says she has a ridiculous accent. That really annoyed me because Rose's mum is Scottish, I'm Scottish and I love my accent. As I said its a silly thing but still really annoyed me.
Not Suitable for Younger Readers due to some bad language and moderate sexual content.(less)
I have been looking at this ever since I read Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction. Having loved them both I wanted to read some of Simone's work. So I finally got Leaving Paradise and even though I did like it, it just didn't grab me like the Perfect Chemistry books.
Leaving Paradise follows the story of two characters. Caleb who after spending a year in Juvinille Jail for a hit and run he finally comes home and everything has changed in his family home. Maggie is the girl who was involved in the accident. She used to be an tennis superstar school. However, even after a year and surgery she still in pain and walks with a limp. Caleb and Maggie and thrown together working for Mrs Reynolds and soon the two are helping each other deal with the pain.
I was drawn to both Caleb and Maggie in this story. Caleb is the "tough guy" but deep down you know that even though he has been in jail its isn't harden him. He still cares for his family even though his family are mess. As the story continues the truth involving the accident is revealed and I was just sitting with my mouth wide opened. And it really makes you think and care for Caleb even more. Maggie, well its hard not to feel for her. She is been through much her life has been turned upside down. At the start Maggie sometimes does come across as playing the "Victim" letting the accident control her life. However, thanks to Mrs. Reynolds and Caleb, she starts to take control of her life. I have to say I think Mrs Reynolds was my favourite character. She doesn't beat around the bush about things she just tells you like it is.
The story I found it quite slow to start but about a quarter way into the book it picks up and flows very nicely. Simone really is a genius when it comes to story telling. She has a way with words that really make the feelings going through the characters really believable.
Leaving Paradise really is a must read for those who like contemporary fiction. I really wished I picked with up alot sooner and can't wait to get started on Return to Paradise. However, just a little warning have some tissues handy I was crying like a baby at one point I couldn't even see.
There is a some bad language in this story and some sexual references so I feel it would be for those who are aged 14 and upwards.