The sequel to gruffalo. The gruffalo's child is a great story fun for kids n my son really enjoyd it because it abt the child n he calls her the baby...moreThe sequel to gruffalo. The gruffalo's child is a great story fun for kids n my son really enjoyd it because it abt the child n he calls her the baby n pretends the he is the gruffalo baby. over all a great book. looking into other by this author.(less)
I bought the book firstly because of the beautiful and gothic feel to the cover. Its really eye catching and as soon as I seen it online I kn...more4.5 stars
I bought the book firstly because of the beautiful and gothic feel to the cover. Its really eye catching and as soon as I seen it online I knew I just had to get it. So when I read the book descritption I ordered it start away and I am so glad I did. It was simply WOW!
Fallen is the first book in the fallen angel series by Lauren Kate. It's dark, intriguing and every bit worth the read.
Fallen is about a a girl called Luce who is seventeen and after an unfortunate accident ends up being sent to Swords & Cross Reform School. There she meets some really interesting and mysterious characters. However, its when she first sees Daniel that her story really picks up and will have you hooked. Luce is straight away is Obessed with Daniel from her very first day at her new school. She wants to know all about him and knows she is hidding a secret. As well as obessing about Daniel, there is another boy, Cam who takes an imediate interest in Luce and wants her. Luce struggles with her emotions. However its clear who she wants. The love triangle is sure to get people hooked and have everyone picking a Team. (I'm Team Cam all the way).
As well, as these three characters there is sa bunch of other that are really interesting and sometimes very fun to read about. One that really stands out is Arrianne. She is (in the nicest way) Butt Crazy but awesome.
As much as I loved this story I do have a couple of negavites. First. I don't like Daniel. The way he treated Luce was just terrible and time and time I wanted to jump in the pages and slap the boy. Second negavite, I hated one of the twists involving one of Luces friends. (cant tell or I will spoil it)
Overall, Lauren Kate has create a dark, beautiful piece of YA literature that can be enjoyed by older readers. With its gothic setting and captivating storyline you are sure to be pull into a world full of twists and turns you honestly won't see coming until they have smacked you in the face.
I want to thank Denise so much for sending me a copy to review and bringing the sexy French Vampires into my life.
Immortal Obsession is a fast paced b...moreI want to thank Denise so much for sending me a copy to review and bringing the sexy French Vampires into my life.
Immortal Obsession is a fast paced book that centres around the life of a french vampire Christian as he trys to protect Amanda, a woman who he believes at first that she is his descendant. However, as the story continue we learn that not all is as it seems.
There are two main vampire characters Christian and Michel. Both French (swoon), both incredibly sexy and has the females throwing themself at them, especially Michel. Christian is very easy to connect to, for a vampire he is still in touch with his humanity and through Denise's wonderful writing we really get inside his head and can feel everything he is going through. Michel is the ladys favourite in the story they are all falling over themselves to get him. Even though is does come off very selfish and arogant. That didn't stop me liking him though. The friendship between the two is still as strong as it has been when they were human and after centures they still have a very strong bond to each other.
The main human character is a woman called Amanda. She is brave, strong and when introduced to the world of vampires she isn't afraid. She feels a connection to Christian and we get to read the ups and downs of their lifes with some amazing twists you do not see comin.
The thing that I truely loved about this is that even though there is a romance at the centre of the story its not that lovely dovey make you sick romance. Its doesn't get in the way of the plot which I find not alot of authors can do.
So if you want a a truely amazing and unique read then pick this up. It will not disappoint with its fast paced story and wonderful characters that will take you into their lifes in the past and the present. And whats not to love about French Vampires? (less)
Insight is a unique fantasy tale about danger, adventure, mystery, family and of course the power of love. Willow is quite easy to connect with and it...moreInsight is a unique fantasy tale about danger, adventure, mystery, family and of course the power of love. Willow is quite easy to connect with and its very clear from the start of novel that she really cares for her family and friends especially her little sister Libby, who is my favourite character in the novel. When Willow meets Landen the story really gets going and I was hooked. I really enjoyed reading about the idea of fate and how everything happens for a reason because I personally believe in that as well.
Insight is Jamie Magee debut novel that will sure be a big hit with those who love fantasy tales that has a rich storyline and fantastic and believable characters. It will hold your interest from start to finish and like me, it wil leave you begging for more.
A huge thumbs for Jamie Magee in delivering a solid debut novel that is very unique I can't compare it to anything I have ever read. :) (less)
Cinder is retelling of Cinderella but with a fresh and funky twist. Set in the future in New Beijing, this Cinder is a mechanic, slaving away to support her wicked Stepmother. However, Cinder is your ordinary home girl, she is a Cyborg! And when her stepsister Peony catched the plague, Cinder lifes is turn upside down and secrets from Cinder past are revealed!
Honestly when I first heard about this I was sooooo excited. I had heard nothing but good things about it and when I got a chance to review it I am over the moon. However, I personally found the beginning to be very slow and it didn't grip my imagination straight away but my gut told me to keep reading and when that happens I do it. And boy I am so glad I did. Cinder is like nothing I have ever read before. After the first 100 pages I was completely engrossed in the storyline that I simply couldn't put the book down.
Cinder is such a strong heroine. She is smart, strong, witty and really stands out against some of the YA Protagonist's that are in books just now. I really enjoyed the relationship she had with Iko the family android. It was a really fun and caring relationship and Iko is adorable! lol. When Cinder stepsister, Poeny gets sick she is devastated because Peony is the only one in her family that cares about her and Cinder truely loves Peony. It was heartbreaking reading the aftermath of it. However, being a such a strong character Cinder deals with everything even though she is scared. (So trying not to spoil anything LOL)
Of course being a YA it wouldn't be complete without a romance right? Well there is one kind of with Prince Kai. Now I personally didn't think this was a great part to the story.I get that its Cinderella you need a Prince Charming but Prince Kai just doesn't come across as a "Prince Charming" he lacks personality. But in a way that's good because the romance doesn't take you away from the actual story.
As I said, it was a slow start for me but once I got into it, it was unbelievable. It was truely different to anything that is out there at moment. The storyline was a bit predictable and I knew exactly where it was going but there was no denying that the ride along the way to there was freaking magical, exciting and full of drama that keeped me from the book down.
Marissa Meyer has delivered a fantastic debut novel. If this is how her debut is I am really excited about reading the next book. But I don't think I can wait until 2013 for it. So if you like your fairy tale retelling with a twist I urge you to give this ago!! (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.