Never did I expect to love this book so much. If you're looking for an entertaining and mysterious reaOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Never did I expect to love this book so much. If you're looking for an entertaining and mysterious read, Girl About Time will be a treat for your taste buds! After Gwyneth travels back in time instead of her cousin, Charlotte, she's shocked when the many secrets surrounding herself and her family begin to unravel. Chase Gwyneth and Gideon, a talented time traveller, through time and prepare to be shocked again and again! Traps? Killers? Runaway fugitives? Corsets? Evil relatives? Lurrve? Oh my... Entertaining doesn't even begin to explain how fun this book is!
In the prologue, we're immediately tricked. Yes, tricked! You'll see for yourself when you read the book but just think about how twist-filled Girl About Time must be! Throughout the book you'll come across many riddles, secrets and partial stories that just don't make sense. While you may attempt to solve them for hours upon hours, you'll fail. Sorry! Gier does a fantastic job of constructing and unfolding the storyline, playing mind games with us all at the same time. If not for anything else, fall in love with the exciting plot. You'll have a blast exploring Gwyneth's history and following her on her adventures! Unlike Charlotte, who's been extensively trained since she was a child to know how to survive in any time period and situation, Gwyneth's learning everything for the first time and it's partly intriguing…partly hilarious.
Putting aside how much I adore the plot, the characters are brilliant. Not only is Gwyneth brave, but she has a great sense of humour, is intelligent, determined and so much more! Gideon's character changes bit by bit and I really enjoyed seeing the transformation. When he first meets Gwyneth, he's stuck up and annoyed by her replacing Charlotte. Oh how that changes! *grins* Even Gwyneth's friends and family are developed really well, each with a unique personality and role! I thought Gideon and Gwyneth had the sweetest almost-romance, with Gier continuously changing their relationship by only a slight amount each time. She'll send you into fits of giggles with the scowling, banter and flirting!
So far, Girl About Time is the only book of the three to be translated to English and published. Why do I suddenly feel tempted to learn German? We're left mid-scene at a gasp-worthy cliffhanger so I need more ASAP! The idea of time travel is explored on a great level but I can't wait to delve even further, as well as find out the conclusions of these mysteries! I apologise for not elaborating much but there's simply too much plot to describe! Just…get the book, okay? I need someone to fangirl with. And to come up with outrageous theories about what will happen next... Overall, a thoroughly mind-boggling adventure you'll love!...more
In this wonderful book, you'll find a collection of three stories about the consequences of just one kOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
In this wonderful book, you'll find a collection of three stories about the consequences of just one kiss. Will it be the beginning of forever? Or the end? Laini Taylor explores the idea of humans weakened by love, as they're thrown into and unfairly battered by situations completely out of their control. Complemented by her husband's hauntingly beautiful pictures, Lips Touch will capture you with its sultry darkness, edginess and addictive mythology. It's unlike anything I've ever read before - I award full allure points!
The first story, "Goblin Fruit", deals with a girl who's nothing like the others in town. Unkissed and wishful, she's the perfect prey for goblins. When the gorgeous Jack Husk transfers to her school and lets Kizzy corrupt his "virgin lungs" with her cigarettes, the two form a sweet relationship that will charm you before it becomes obvious Kizzy would do anything to have true love. Will she really jump and take the plunge? Will you find yourself approving of her decisions? Not only will you love these two but Kizzy's friends, who are hilarious. They set a humorous tone for the book before it gets increasingly dark and intense. I loved this short story and could've read books more!
Things take a turn for the worse as we're met with a deal-making woman who's forced by a demon to curse a baby. As a consequence, Anamique has been a mute since birth, warned that her beautiful voice would kill anyone within hearing distance. "Spicy Little Curses Such As These" begins with an ominous foreshadowing, something you won't understand yet but will uncover slowly as you read. This story is probably my favourite of the three and I would love to expand on the brilliant concept! With realistic characters, a breathtaking plot and a romance that'll make you clutch your heart, prepare to meet the gentlemanly James and for the shocking but perfect ending.
"Hatchling" is the longest story, with the most development and unique mythology. Taylor really showcases her originality and imagination here, ending the book with a bang! Kept as the Druj Queen's pet as a child, Mab must now deal with the obstacles her daughter will face. As Esme begins displaying signs of being a Druj, what we come to learn as the truth is much more horrifying. If by this point she hasn't already, Taylor will wow you with the depth and complication of this story. I adored the twists and different levels of relationships, and once again thought the ending was spot on. Can you say heart-clenching?
Lips Touch definitely has darker themes and a more mature tone than other YA books, so don't be too shocked when something unimaginable happens! I'm usually not a fan of short stories but Taylor manages to develop her characters and sell her story in the short length! You'll fall in love with her poetic writing immediately and be asking for more. While lacking that 5 star spark for me, I still thoroughly enjoyed my first taste of her work!...more
Wood Angel, originally Plain Kate, reads very much like a fairytale, though it is definitely not writtOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Wood Angel, originally Plain Kate, reads very much like a fairytale, though it is definitely not written for a younger audience. After her father's wake, Kate finds herself living in the bottom drawer of a cupboard in her market stall. Imagine her surprise when she finds three newborn kittens there, abandoned by their mother. After nursing them back to health and giving them a strong dose of TLC, two wander off to pursue fun adventures with only one, a tomcat named Taggle, remaining. While selling her carvings, a flute-playing boy opens up a stall nearby, promising charms that will grant her wishes. Fake as they may be, his true powers are not.
With a carving talent such as hers, Plain Kate is constantly accused of witchery. When she is driven out of town, she gives up her shadow to the boy, Linay, in exchange for some supplies to send her on her way. She is accompanied by Taggles, setting off to travel with the Roamers. The best part of this novel is the relationship Kate has with her cat. Linay grants Taggles the ability to speak, so the witty dialogue and adorable cuddling will have you grinning like a fool. Taggles is fiercely protective of his Kate and is not afraid show it! At times he's friendly, at times he's needy, and sometimes he's downright mean. We've got to love those bipolar pets, right? ;)
Something is killing people in their sleep, and nothing can be done to stop it. When Kate discovers that Linay is going to use her shadow for evil, she must uncover his ulterior motives and stop him in time before a whole village is massacred. Erin Bow's writing is poetic and the words simply flow off the page, whether magical or sinister. There's an eerie sense of calm, even in the most frightening moments, and the occasional episodes of graphic violence really have that shock-and-cringe factor.
Wood Angel is mainly focused on Kate's adventures to survive on her own and to stop Linay from carrying out his dark plan. I would have liked to see more character development, in her and the other characters, but overall this was an enjoyable book to pass the time. The final chapters of the novel are exciting and are bound to pull you in if it didn't already. Deaths, rebirths, murders and magic - your jaw will most definitely drop at least once....more
Ballad exceeded my expectations and managed to surprise me at every turn. No longer are we focused onOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Ballad exceeded my expectations and managed to surprise me at every turn. No longer are we focused on Dee, but on her best friend James. When he begins attending Thornking-Ash, a school for the gifted and talented, he finds himself mystified by a faerie named Nuala who just can't seem to leave him alone, and not for evil reasons either. Soon, James finds himself torn between right and wrong, friendship and love, and life and death.
I was pleasantly surprised when Ballad broke away from Dee's narration and was told in the point of view of James. His narration was strong and enjoyable to read, a vast difference to Dee's weaker and more feminine voice. I felt that the action increased ten-fold and the novel itself moved at a fast pace, whilst still effectively developing the characters and entangling us in a variety of story lines.
Dee is largely absent in this book and makes only a few appearances at crucial moments, although the book is littered with unsent text messages from her to James. While she slowly withers away inside, due to prior events, a fire is kindling between James and Nuala, a faerie who feeds on the energies of others to survive. After a certain amount of years, she must burn alive, to be reborn without her memories. This is her last year. I found the jump between couples (Dee and Luke in Lament) to be very easy and honestly preferred this relationship a lot more. The feelings were more realistic, the romance less filled with mind games, and the stakes much higher. I quickly became emotionally invested in their journey together and found the ending to be very suitable.
The only negative about this book is Dee. After the first two meetings she had with James, I grew tired of her damsel-in-distress-I'm-so-sad attitude. Never getting over Luke, who was taken in by the faeries, she's a little unstable and a constant pain in everyone's behind. Thank goodness we didn't have to deal with her a lot! I had expected Ballad to be a continuation of Dee's story, so the complete lack of development and conclusion of her character was underwhelming.
Another great novel by Maggie Stiefvater, this author can do no wrong! Magical and romantic as always, Ballad will leave you wanting more, even after you've turned the last page. ...more
The Scorpio Races is an adventure novel that's bound to make you fall in love. Whether it's with the cOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
The Scorpio Races is an adventure novel that's bound to make you fall in love. Whether it's with the complex characters or the magical world Stiefvater has created, this book will race to the top of your favourites of the year! The concept is genius. Every year, riders seeking wealth race in the Scorpio Races. They spend weeks searching for and training capaill uisce, wild water horses who crave the taste of blood, before coming together for one heart-racing dash down the beach. The horrifying moments in the novel contrast with the calm relationships, making it an absolute must-read!
First of all, Sean and Puck (aka Kate) are two brilliant characters who have wormed themselves into my heart. Their romance is in no way epic or dominating of the book, but the rare moments that are shared between them are like gold. Sean has won four out of six races and is considered a hero but he races only to ride Corr, the capall uisce he's bonded with. Corr's owner refuses to sell the horse to him, but the two eventually come to an agreement. Sean can buy Corr if he wins this year. Simple enough, right? Wrong. Puck enters the race to save her dead parents' house and to prevent her older brother from deserting the family. So you see, once they fall in love, we have a little dilemma on our hands. They can't both win! Oh, what will our poor lovers do?
Stiefvater's storytelling is the novel's finest quality. Words between characters aren't plentiful but the vivid descriptions of the island and horses are enough. Puck and Sean both have a way with horses and it was beautiful watching their love shine through. It was especially touching to see Corr, a savage animal, have a sweet spot for a mere human! Steifvater always creates realistic characters and realistic worlds. No matter how "out there" the idea is, she somehow pulls it off, as if it was always meant to be.
I adored this book and surely you will too. I have been a long time fan of this author and I can't wait to see what she'll pull out of her magical hat next! The Scorpio Races will take you to absolute highs and lows with a turn of a page and you'll quickly be swept up into this dangerous world. The conclusion of the novel is so fitting and perfect. Fantastic writing, as always....more
On the night of a music competition where she plans to play the harp, a mysterious boy worms his way iOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
On the night of a music competition where she plans to play the harp, a mysterious boy worms his way into Deirdre Monaghan's life, pushing her to strive for excellence and to be all she can be. When they spontaneously duet together to play a beautiful and harmonious piece, Dee knows that he's different and not like any other boy she's ever known. People have always said that her music was perfect and that she was a very talented girl but now, Luke's seeing her for who she really is - not for her music, but for just being Dee.
Luke Dillon is the unfamiliar boy Dee's been seeing in her increasingly dark dreams. After witnessing his scarily realistic torture the night before, Dee is baffled when the handsome boy holds back her hair while she's vomiting, offering her words of comfort and encouragement for her performance ahead. Luke is forever secretive, but the two are drawn to each other and inevitably fall in love. Luke's protectiveness is endearing and the romance was written very well. If you've read Maggie's Wolves series, you'll be familiar with the sweet, yet dark, love her characters experience. I must say that I enjoyed this novel more than the Wolves series, as there was a lot more action and the romance wasn't as "perfect". Dee also has an amazing best friend, James, a cute bagpipe player who's there for her whenever she needs. Of course, he's in love with her but that doesn't turn him into a jealous ogre. BFFs forever!
I loved the storyline of Lament. Faeries (not tiny little things with wings) are drawn to Dee because of her special musical talent and she'll be killed if she isn't careful. The novel deals with Dee's growing powers, her run from ruthless enemies and quest for answers. There is never a dull moment and you'll be kept thoroughly entertained until the last page. The mysteries are endless!
Grab your iron, people. You'll need it to protect yourselves! Here on our hands is another great novel by Maggie Stiefvater. I absolutely cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us! If you like faeries, a good love story, some shady (as opposed to dark) adventure and scary antagonists, this is the book for you. There is suspense of epic proportions so clear out your schedule for a one-sitting read! Prepare for some shocking twists too....more
Clarity is so fast-paced and exciting that you will most likely devour it in one sitting like I did. KOriginally posted on Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Clarity is so fast-paced and exciting that you will most likely devour it in one sitting like I did. Kim Harrington has written a brilliant novel with a perfect blend of humour, action, murder mystery, paranormal and romance. I honestly don't know what more you could ask for. Clarity Fern has always been different, blessed with a supernatural talent like the rest of her family. From just one touch of an object, she can see things from the eyes of the people who have touched it previously. While it pays the bills and entertains tourists, her sight has ruined relationships and shown Clare things that she never wanted to see.
This novel takes place in a span of just over a week. There is a heart-racing and mysterious prologue which sets of the storyline of the novel before we are brought back to the very beginning. This scene captured my attention immediately and kept my mind spinning until the very end, when we come full circle. Clare is rendered defenseless as a mystery man she cares about is on the floor, shot, as another mysterious man hovers above her, prepared to strike with his gun. The author takes us on a winding and twisting journey, seamlessly switching and moulding our beliefs about who the antagonist is. People are being murdered, and Clare is the only one who can solve the case.
I loved the narration because Clarity was a great character and easily relatable. She's sarcastic, boy-loving, not afraid to tell wives of their cheating husbands and willing to rough up the bullies. She's a strong character who tells the story clearly and plays on our sympathies. Her ex-boyfriend, Justin, drunkenly cheated on her with the Queen Bee, Tiffany. Then there's the sexy new guy, Gabriel. Sometimes he's sweet, sometimes he's arrogant because he's disbelieving of her gift. You never know with him, which is what makes it exciting. Throughout the novel you are never sure of who she will end up with as the author artfully constructs both love interests in a good light, showing us their desirable qualities. Every single other secondary character is interesting too but...I won't go into that!
This is an absolute must-read. Stay for the murder-mystery or the steamy romance. Take your pick! It's a thrilling ride that I didn't want to get off. I'm now sitting here, waiting for book two to come out. While the mystery of this novel is solved, there are still some questions left unanswered, ready to be explored in the future. Can you say that I'm EXCITED? Yes! Clarity is entirely convincing with its supernatural element and I cannot wait for you all to experience the brilliance that is this book....more
Mockingjay was a good book. Not great, but good. Enjoyable. I won't go too much into detail with the pOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Mockingjay was a good book. Not great, but good. Enjoyable. I won't go too much into detail with the plot since there isn't really a way to do so without adding spoilers, but let's just say that there's sadness, frustration and death. Not as much happens in this novel as it did in the previous two books, and Mockingjay has a slow build. Right as we finally come to the climax where things become the most interesting, we are swept off our feet and thrown into an entirely different direction. I found the ending to be a little disappointing. I expected more closure and resolution with the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale but it was an abrupt end for them, with loose ends tied up briefly and quickly. Readers are left again to wonder whether this was the end, but this time not in a good way. Love triangle aside, we don't even get to thoroughly see the aftermath of the events that occurred. It was climax, weird scene, future, done. I was looking forward to the big finish but sadly, it never came.
I do have to say, though, that the way things panned out in this novel (minus the ending) was better than what I had imagined in my head. Everyone obviously had their own theories about what would happen, and I didn't expect what did at all which was great. Scenes were still written very well, engaging us with the little twists and turns that appeared every now and then.
Mockingjay earns this rating because even though the ending was quite weak, the rest of the book was interesting and enjoyable. It really comes down to a 3.5 - 4 but i'll go with a 4 since 3.5 seems too low.
In the final installment of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Grace is still a wolf after being turneOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
In the final installment of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Grace is still a wolf after being turned in the previous book. After many tough complications and unfortunate circumstances, she manages to find her way back to Sam, the love of her life. Meanwhile, Isabel is still furious at Cole for refusing to sleep with her. The characters are stronger than ever before in Forever and it is an action-packed book, bound to have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation and fear.
With Isabel's father planning to murder all of the wolves in Mercy Falls, Cole takes it upon himself to experiment in order to find cures. He wants to be able to turn Grace back into a human, as well as force humans to transform into wolves. Their plan depend on him and they're all doomed if his vials of chemicals don't work. As always, Maggie drives us completely insane with worry. She loves to make us yell, "Oh no, (insert name)'s going to die!!" and she certainly does not hold back in this book. My heart stopped a few times whilst reading this and I'm sure you'll be shocked at the ending. You've never seen twists like this. Heart attack rates went up this month.
I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Forever is my favourite novel out of the three and contains everything that you enjoyed in the first two plus a little more. While the ending was left quite open for readers to come to their own conclusions, I felt that it was suitable for this series, which is based on chance, possibility and fate. A line or two on the final page still leaves me scratching my head but I'm sure I'll come to a logical explanation soon. I really will miss this series because Sam and Grace are one of the sweetest couples in YA fiction. This series isn't all about smiles and light-heartedness, but it sure does have the ability to make you clutch your heart in both happiness and in sadness....more
Linger is told from the points of view of Sam, Grace, Cole and Isabel, and I found it very enjoyable!Originally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Linger is told from the points of view of Sam, Grace, Cole and Isabel, and I found it very enjoyable! I didn't think I would because I thought the two extra narrators would take away from the main story but that definitely was not the case! Cole's point of view only serves to strengthen the story and further characterisation. Why not experience a nitty gritty situation through the eyes of the source?
So we are introduced to a new character in this novel - Cole St. Clair. He's a rock star who is thrown into the supernatural world when he is turned. He doesn't take to this change too well which makes for an entertaining read. Isabel, the girl from Shiver who was the sister of a boy killed, changes in Linger, becoming more friendly with Grace and getting a little smoochy with Cole. It was nice to see her drop the snooty act, finally.
The plot for Linger was great, I enjoyed going through and solving every character's problems, being in their mind frame. While we didn't get as much Sam/Grace time like in Shiver, the events that occurred in this story kept me interested so I didn't mind missing out on the love!
The ending, like in Shiver, was a cliffhanger. I can honestly say that I can't wait for Forever to be released! I want more Sam and Grace!...more
Shiver was so sweet I think I got a cavity. Well, to be more specific, Sam was sweet. His romantic sidOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Shiver was so sweet I think I got a cavity. Well, to be more specific, Sam was sweet. His romantic side definitely rivalled that of Edward Cullen! Don't you just wish that a guy would read you poems and write you songs all day?
The first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series is about a girl named Grace and how she forms a relationship with a boy named Sam. But Sam is no ordinary boy - he's a werewolf. One that saved her life when she was a little girl, one that has watched her from outside of her house for years, one that almost died and was desperate for her help. Though in tough circumstances, the two overcome their differences to be a part of one of the sweetest romances ever.
Just to note, I really liked Maggie's version of werewolves. Shifting because of the cold instead of the moon? Nice. It definitely sets up many opportunities for complications in the future. I had so much sympathy for Sam throughout the novel. We get bits and pieces of his backstory and coupling that with his current struggles, you know that you want to give him a massive hug and tell him that everything's going to be okay. Grace was a great character as well. She was strong-willed and determined, which was nice to see. I think her character could've been developed a little more but it's something I can overlook.
The novel ended at such a terrible time. Right at a small climax! Linger couldn't come sooner… Overall, Shiver was a very enjoyable book. We get multiple point of views, plot lines and interesting characters. Sounds like a good book to curl up with on a winter's day!
Random note : Oh my goodness at Sam when he was a wolf. Can anyone say adorable? =)After reading Shiver, I wanted to run out into the woods and grab a sweet werewolf for myself! ...more
In my opinion, Catching Fire was not better than its predecessor (an almost impossible task as The HunOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
In my opinion, Catching Fire was not better than its predecessor (an almost impossible task as The Hunger Games was phenomenal!) but it was still an excellent read. Initially, it was a little on the slow side as we were getting into the serious politics of things, but as we went on, the story picked up and once again we were sucked right into the addicting world Collins has created.
Catching Fire begins a short while after the end of the 74th Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta return to District 12, where tension and emotions are running high. Not only are they dealing with the shock of still being alive, Peeta is heartbroken after learning that Katniss's emotions in the arena were not fully genuine. The first half of the book centres around Peeta and Katniss as they face the repercussions of their suicide attempt in the Games. Unknowingly, Katniss has become the mockingjay, the symbol for rebellion and change. As the two go on their victory tour throughout all of Panem, they learn about how chaos is just around the corner, with districts planning to fight back against the Capitol. Katniss is then forced by President Snow, the antogonist in the series, to convince himself and the rest of the world of her love for Peeta. This brings the two somewhat closer together, with some feelings being realised and revealed. I thought the scenes between these two were either really sweet or really sad. Peeta seems to be strung along as Katniss tries to sort out her feelings and readers are brought to the brink of insanity, waiting for a declaration of love or even a "really like"! Yes, we're that desperate.
In this sequel, we really see more of the Capitol's corruption and how they have forced and manipulated the entire country. It's hard not to read it and be in shock at the absolute absurdity. At the very end of the book, this power play comes in the form of a big and painful slap in the face. Catching Fire ends on a massive cliffhanger and we are forced to bite our nails in anxiety, praying for our characters' safety. It really has to be the worst cliffhanger I have ever read in my life. I truly and honestly sat gaping, flipping back and forth between the pages to really make sure that it was the end. It is a shocker and will get you hooked onto the series if you haven't been already.
My, my, my. The Hunger Games. How can I express how amazing this book is, in a coherent manner, withouOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
My, my, my. The Hunger Games. How can I express how amazing this book is, in a coherent manner, without sounding like a complete dork? Impossible? Maybe.
So The Hunger Games is set in a post-apocalyptic world. There are 12 districts, all which are controlled and ruled by the Capitol. Every single year the Hunger Games are held, where one child between the age of 12 and 18 is chosen from every district, and is forced to participate. It is a largely televised event which serves to remind the people of Panem of their past rebellions, where district 13 was subsequently destroyed. The aim of the Hunger Games? Fight to the death until only one remains.
I think anyone who reads this can agree that the plot was amazing. It was written with great execution as the suspense, plot development and characterisation were all carried out very well. The action scenes were fantastic, as was the whole atmosphere of the Games. Readers felt the desperation, fear, helplessness pouring off the page. The two main characters, Peeta and Katniss - what's not to love? Their relationship was so sweet, bittersweet even, and the ending will leave you flabbergasted, begging for more.
It really was a great read. It's one of those books that keeps you thinking about it until well after you've finished. The Hunger Games is a must-read! I wouldn't steer you wrong! ;)...more