The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is one of the most talked about books this year and deservedly so, it is awesome. So they’ve made it into a film,The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is one of the most talked about books this year and deservedly so, it is awesome. So they’ve made it into a film, but before you watch the film, I urge you to read the book. The book is always better than the film, right. And this one is no exception. The Hunger Games is set in the future in post-apocalyptic North America and is about a girl name Katniss who takes the place of her little sister for her District in the 74th Hunger Games. Each year each District, of which there are 12, sends one boy and one girl to compete to the death I these games. The winner being the one who comes out alive. It is aired as a reality TV show, loved by the sadistic residents of the Capitol but horrific for the people of the Districts who have to watch and fear for their children who go off each year and are mainly killed. Katniss is only 16 years old, she is a great character and one you cannot help have empathy with having suffered the tragic loss of her father, she has rebelled against the rules and has been hunting animals in the forest to feed her family. She is used to hunting and is a survivor but can she survive the Hunger Games? Peeta, the chosen boy and Katniss head to the capitol to begin. It does sound a bit violent and it is children die but when reading it isn’t morbid. The characters are great and a lot of fun, which brightens the story. I love that the heroine isn’t a pathetic damsel in distress type but a feisty, kick ass and can hold her own type. We need more of these in young adult books. I can guarantee once you pick this book up you will not be able to put it down until you find out if Katniss will survive or not. It is an action packed, keeping you at the edge of your seat type book. Suzanne Collins is an incredible writer and has brought these characters to life in a way you will fall in love with them and feel what they feel. This book is amazing, one of my favourites to date. ...more
Of Witches and Warlocks, is a series of books written by my favourite author Lacey Weatherford. She is an amazing and talented writer, not to mentionOf Witches and Warlocks, is a series of books written by my favourite author Lacey Weatherford. She is an amazing and talented writer, not to mention a wonderful wife and fantastic mother to six, yes six children. How she finds the time to write as well I will never know, but I am grateful she does.
Lacey has created a strong, role model worth, protagonist called Portia Mullins. Portia is an ordinary teenager, living an ordinary life until she reaches her sweet sixteen birthday. Instead of being given a dress or some frivolous gift, she is told she is a witch. A very powerful witch at that. She is a descendant form a long line of witches and warlocks on her father’s side.
Her Grandmother is the high priestess of a coven, in which she meets Vance Magnum. A leather clad, motorbike riding bad boy. Who turns out to be more than her soulmate, they are meant to be together.
The chemistry and romance is breathtakingly deep, as Portia struggles to balance love, life, magic, family and being a teenager.
What I love most about the fact that Portia was a witch, was that she was a real witch that can do some really cool magic. Not just, mix some herbs together and cure a cold. She can move things, blast things and just about anything. However, she needs to learn them and more importantly learn how to control her powers.
Their bond is put to the test when Vance’s past catches up with him. Will they survive it? Sparks will fly and not just between Vance and Portia.
This book is refreshing, different from the others out there. I would rank this book one of the best paranormal young adult books out there. It appeals to readers both young and old. I will read it over and over again. You won’t be disappointed. ...more
I unfortunatly have to admit I wasn't all that keen on this book. I really wanted to read it, I love and always have loved the Cinderella story but thI unfortunatly have to admit I wasn't all that keen on this book. I really wanted to read it, I love and always have loved the Cinderella story but this just didn't cut it for me. I did like it and I am glad I read it but it wasn't what I was expecting. Maybe I was a bit too old, I don't feel it but maybe I am. I think this would be great for teenager girls, it covers a lot of good points and would help with teenage insecurities.
Jess is a likeable character she hates her school, doesn't fit in, has no friends and has a crush on someone she would normally never have. She received a gorgeous invite, inviting her to a secret society. She's suspicious as she should be, but turns out she needn't be.
The Cindys are a perfect group of girls who are kind, generous and are the popular kids. However there is another group The Wickeds. Who will win good or evil. Who will prevail.
If you are a teenage girl, this is a must read. ...more
**spoiler alert** I am a huge vampire fan, so this book was right up my street and was delighted when given a proof copy to review. The Radleys is ver**spoiler alert** I am a huge vampire fan, so this book was right up my street and was delighted when given a proof copy to review. The Radleys is very different from the vampire novels around at the minute, there are no sparkles and they have fangs. One of the things for me that sticks out the most is the layout of the book, I really did love this. Each chapter ranges from 1/2 a page to around 3 pages. The character the narrator is talking about changes with each chapter. This keeps the pace fast and keeps you wanting more.
The Radleys are a family living together, trying to live a normal life. Peter and Helen are vampires, who are abstaining from drinking human blood, by following their bible called "The Abstainers Handbook". This causes all sorts of health problems and they fight their cravings on a daily basis.
However, their teenage children Clara and Rowan do not know they are vampires. Both are trying to fit in, Clara is getting there, but Rowan is the freak show at school. He lusts after Clara's best friend Eve but she fails to notice him at first.
The blood lust proves too much for Clara and their world is turned upside down. Things will never be the same again, especially when Peter's brother Will turns up. He does not follow "The Abstainers Handbook", he continues to follow Peter and Helen's old life.
Things start to look up for The Radleys and life changes for the better. Upon drinking blood, Rowan is able to fly "He isn't Robin Redbreast, He is Rowan Radley and He can do anything." Eve starts to take notice and their love starts to blossom.
I loved that instead of Facebook, Clara was on Neckbook. So funny.
I enjoyed this book, I found it fast paced and very well written. I would however like to have read more about Rowan and Eve. ...more
I love, love, love and did I say love this book. I love Vance, swoon. I love Portia and Vance's relationship, the chemistry they have and their intensI love, love, love and did I say love this book. I love Vance, swoon. I love Portia and Vance's relationship, the chemistry they have and their intensity is amazing to read. You want to be Portia, you feel like you are living her life. Lacey has done an amazing job of bringing her characters to life. Portia has grown up quite a bit in the book, I think she seems a lot more mature than sixteen but she has been though a lot more than most would go through in a life time.
There was a lot more action in this book, which kept me gripped. I didn't want this book to end but the build up, kept me reading on. There is laughter, friendship, love and tragedy in the book, there is something for everyone. And a gorgeous big diamond ring.
I really didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as The Trouble with Spells, but I loved it even more. My favourite quote from Vance to Portia; "You will never be my servant. We are partners, equal to one another in this relationship. I will never do anything to dominate you. " Now who wouldn't want this sensitive, motorbike riding, leather clad, smoking hot demon. ...more
Hex Hall was one of my favourite reads of last year, so I was desperate to read the sequel to it. Sophie is a great main character and the chemistry bHex Hall was one of my favourite reads of last year, so I was desperate to read the sequel to it. Sophie is a great main character and the chemistry between her and Archer left you wanting more. I have to say Demonglass did not disappoint. I absolutely loved it. Sophie leaves Hex Hall and her mum behind and goes to England to stay with her Demon, Council running father for the summer. Her best friend Jenna and her "fiance" whom she is just found out she was betrothed to Cal is also going. There are very few Demons, but there are a few others Sophie gets to meet that her father and the council have taken in. Can they be trusted? I wasn't sure about Sophie's dad at first, but he grew on me. I liked Cal to begin with and in Hex Hall but he was one of my least favourite characters in Demonglass. Jenna is as funny as ever with her vampire quirks. My favourite thing about this book is Sophie's sarcasm. I can so relate, I was exactly like her as a teen. She is hilarious. The chemistry between her and Archer is back in full swing, so thrilling to read. Demonglass is a lot more fast paced than Hex Hall, both are page turners which you don't want to put down. The ending, what can I say about the ending? It was awesome, it blew away all my expectations and left me wanting so much more. I actually sat for a good few minutes staring at the book unable to believe I couldn't find out what happens next. Rachel Hawkins knows how to write cliffhangers and leave you gasping for more. I LOVED this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes YA. I cannot wait until Book 3.
I read this book in as short a time as I could, it was gripping and kept me wanting to know more. That being said, it was exciting or anything out ofI read this book in as short a time as I could, it was gripping and kept me wanting to know more. That being said, it was exciting or anything out of the ordinary. In fact it reminded me of the story behind the film Scream. There wasn't enough of the supernatural element in it for me, but that is not to say I didn't enjoy it. I did, but couldn't related to the characters. I did like the main character Stacey, she was strong and confident if at times she didn't feel it. Her friends Amber and Drea were pretty ungrateful and annoying at times. The male characters, I'm still not sure of them. I know it was like a who dunnit type of book but I still feel suspisous of them all. Overall I am glad I read it, it was a page turner but nothing to write home about. ...more