This book was a joy to read. It follows the story of Daisy Davenport, a spoilt teenager that has it all: a massive house, a hot boyfriend, a gang of sThis book was a joy to read. It follows the story of Daisy Davenport, a spoilt teenager that has it all: a massive house, a hot boyfriend, a gang of super cool girl friends and all the expensive shoes and accessories you could want. Wait, she has a pony too. Can't forget Polly. But this all changes when her father is sent to jail for corruption, and her family's name is plastered over the newspaper headlines is a not-so-great light. Things only get worse when the family have to move to an apartment above a Kebab Shop and Daisy is told she has to transfer to Bensham High, a state school packed jam with chavs...
I laughed throughout the entire book, even when Daisy was at her all time low, her narrative voice was amusing and gave a different and unique way of looking at life. Her life at Bensham was hell: the girls all hated her for being such a "snotty cow" and jeered at her, picking at everything she did. But one girl, Mel, makes her life a pure misery. Pranks are being played on her everyday, she is framed for being the bully, she is cornered in the toilets, called horrible names and her homework is scribbled on.
Like many others, one thing did annoy me. Apparently her brother Aston is so lazy he'd take any chance to be 'vertical.' Something a bit wrong there, maybe, Helen Bailey? ;) Most lazy people I know like to be horizontal.
But the ending didn't fail to make me grin. I won't say why, that would be spoiling it. But I do recommended this book, it's fairly inspirational, it's funny and and it's a nice break from vampires and werewolves. ;D ...more
This is the first House of Night book I've reviewed, as I wanted to go as far as possible before I reviewed it. Well, there's still almost a week untiThis is the first House of Night book I've reviewed, as I wanted to go as far as possible before I reviewed it. Well, there's still almost a week until the eighth instalment, and I thought I may aswell review it now.
Both P.C and Kristin Cast wrote this series, and the writing style does fluctuate slightly, although it isn't noticeable. The writing is perfectly fine for a young adult novel; it's descriptive and grips you, and also keeps a flow in the plot. But it doesn't stand out as being magnificent, so don't expect Shakespeare. The main thing that irritated me was the constant "teen talk." I don't really know anyone that talks like that, and BFF, I heart you etc. gets a bit old after 7 books. But mainly, it's all good.
The series starts off as rather flowery and bubbly, like most YA books. But in the fourth book, you really start to notice the change. Things get more complicated, and the story gets generally darker. The characters do adapt well, and develop in a suitable way. They all become more serious, and other characters take the spotlight. You see less of Zoey's friends, such as Damien and the Twins, and more of the other, higher up characters. Stevie-Rae really gets her chance to shine in Burned, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading from her point of view.
The love story between Rephaim and Stevie Rae is my prime interest in the book at the moment. As exciting as it is to hear about Zoey and the other world, Stevie-Rae and Rephaim just win.
So all in all, it's a really good series, and worth reading. ...more
This sequel to Inkheart wasn't as good as Inkheart itself, but it was still pretty good. The plot picked up tempo and got far more involved with the wThis sequel to Inkheart wasn't as good as Inkheart itself, but it was still pretty good. The plot picked up tempo and got far more involved with the whole idea of the story world. A lot more characters were introduced, and we saw Meggie and Mo change as they faced new challenges.
The downside of this book: parts of it dragged, especially as this book is aimed at a younger audience. And so many characters were introduced, and so many side stories were created it could get confusing and at times, a bit boring.
So I still loved it, just not as much as Inkheart. -Zanthie ;)...more
Ermm, this book wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be. The plot was good enough: there plenty of unexpected twists and it was kinda exciting. The leErmm, this book wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be. The plot was good enough: there plenty of unexpected twists and it was kinda exciting. The lead character Jane was what really deducted from the book. She was just so...infuriating to say the least. The other characters were okay, and we had the classic love triangle for the majority of the book: good guy that offers security, mysterious guy that has a dark, concealed past and a girl. But then the twist changed that to shocked whiny girl, evil mysterious guy and good guy comes to the rescue. Very imaginitive...
It was an alright novel- not the best, but certainly not the worst. If the lead character was better, the book would actually be pretty good. So don't bother going out of your way to read it, but it's still an anjoyable read, so feel free to try it. -Zanthie ;)...more
When I first saw this book, I wasn't going to bother reading it. The blurb makes it out to be cliché and over the top, and I didn't fancy another TwilWhen I first saw this book, I wasn't going to bother reading it. The blurb makes it out to be cliché and over the top, and I didn't fancy another Twilight. But still, I gave it a try and bought it. So one rainy afternoon, while I was still feeling lost after finishing my beloved L.J.Snith novel, I decided to read this. I was gripped from the first chapter. It had an intriguing start, and had a nice feeling of normality to it.
It starts off by warming us to the characters: Sky, her adoptive parents and her new friend Tina at her new American school. It follows Sky through her day to day school-life as she tries to fit in. Then, Zed Benedict is introduced. At first, he seems like just another wannabe tough guy. He's cool, rebellious and a jerk. But then at a football match, Sky replies to the voice she hears in her head-Zed's. This is when he realizes she is a Savant, and his Soulfinder, the perfect match Savants search for all their lives.
I like the way Sky finds it all hard to believe; too often in paranormal romances the girl is usually taken by the guy staright away and believes ever word he says. Well, that's not realistic at all, is it? But Zed gives up trying to convince her and after some time asks her out. They are just a normal couple for a while, but then they get shot at in the woods. This is when the Benedicts (a family of 7 brothers and their parents, Zed is the youngest) realize the danger they are in. Someone is out to get them.
Zed and Sky don't get to see eachother that often, but when Sky is taken by an evil Savant, she starts to unlock her true powers, and realizes exactly how much Zed means to her. Together, they uncover her dark past and face the co-operation that wants the Benedicts dead.
All in all, an exciting, realistic novel full of twists. I hope there is a sequel, but if there isn't one, I'm happy in the knowledge that there was a satisfying ending. - Zanthie ;)...more
**spoiler alert** I loved this book. Yeah, it has it's negative points, but mainly, this book and positive points. It's well written, grips you from p**spoiler alert** I loved this book. Yeah, it has it's negative points, but mainly, this book and positive points. It's well written, grips you from page one and has an intriguing plot. YA books are usually centered around the same thing: vampires or werewolves. Now I have no problem with this, but seriously? Can't we have something a bit different for a change? I was losing all hope of finding something original until I found this. Admittedly, plenty of novels have the same romance as this one: good guy + bad guy = which to choose? But, think about it, this book was first published in 1994, and RE-published in 2009. So, that's a lot before Twilight and the like, isn't it? So, did L.J.Smith copy Stephanie Meyer? No, unless she has a time machine, which I highly doubt 'cause someone would have found it by now.
Now, let's get down to the story. Kaitlyn is an outsider with no friends, and is made fun of in her rural area. She has an ability that frightens the narrow-minded residents near by: she has premonitions of the future, in the form of a drawing. But she never knows what they mean until it's too late. Then, a woman called Joyce comes to her school claiming that Kaitlyn has a place at the Zetes Institute, a place for psychic teens to train their abilities. Five kids from over the states have been chosen. Kaitlyn accepts the offer, and moves to California to start her new life with fellow psychics: Rob, a golden boy than can heal others. Anna, a gentle girl that can influence animals. Lewis, a quirky chracter that uses PK, psychokinesis. And finally, Gabriel, a telepath that's been in jail for murder-twice. The five realize that there's something dodgy going on behind the scenes of the institute, but after being nearly caught snooping around in the hidden room in the cellar, Gabriel accidentally traps them in a psychic web. There are five of them, creating a balanced shape, and the only way to break the web is to kill one of the members. Then, when Kaitlyn and Gabriel are drawn to Mr.Zetes's house, they are both trapped. Gabriel is offered a chance to live: if he kills Kaitlyn. But after refusing, he is hooked up to the mutated crystal fulll of power that Mr.Zetes has in his possession, and is tortured by it for over an hour. Then, the others arrive and free them. This is when Rob realizes his love for Kaitlyn, and they end up together. Now, they're on the run to find the strange man that was after Kaitlyn when they first arrived, the one that has been contacting them in their dreams. They travel through the states in search of a rocky beach, and a white house. But thanks to the powers of the crystal, Gabriel has become a psychic vampire: he needs to feed of another's life energy to survive. Kaitlyn offers herself as his pool of energy, hereby creating a bond between the two. Eventually, they find the house, but due to Gabriel's past he is not welcome. The house is the hiding place of an ancient race of psychics, and they have the crystal that can destroy Mr.Zetes for good. Gabriel rebels, and heads back to the institute. Kaitlyn knows she can change him, so she pretends to wasnt to serve Mr.Zetes too, and is welcomed back tot he institute, although there is suspicion surrounding her. Mr. Zetes discovers she is a spy and traps her in an isolation tank, a tank where all her senses are cut off. Gabriel fights to talk to her telepathically, to keep her sane. Thsi is when they both realize they love eachother. The others come to the rescue, they fight off Mr.Zetes and kill him, and Gabriel and Kaitlyn have the happy ending they deserve.
^^^The plot was full of twists and exciting moments, even if the romance was a bit easy to guess. I was team Gabriel from the start: Rob was just too good. Fairplay L.J.Smith, you know how to write a good book. ;) - Zanthie...more
Some books make you laugh, some make you cry. Some suck you into another reality for the duration of the books, and some change your outlook on life.Some books make you laugh, some make you cry. Some suck you into another reality for the duration of the books, and some change your outlook on life. Matched does all of these, and more. The story is subtle about it though, everything is gradual and you don't notice quite how much everything has changed until the end.
Plot Overview Cassia starts off as bland, boring and a perfect citizen. She abides by the rules without questioning them, and has her life planned out the way the Officials and the Society want it: she'd get Matched with her perfect partner for life, get married, have the best possible offspring and have the prime job for her abilities. But when Ky Markham's face appears on her microcard, and she learns of his rough past and his status as an Aberration, a member of society that will never be matched, and will always have the worst life possible in this "perfect" reality, does she start to realise things may not be so perfectly planned out after all. What if she wasn't meant to be Matched with her best friend Xander? What if the officials are wrong? While she explores the freedom of using words from a beautiful yet forbidden poem, and she finally sees the truth behind the Society, she also realises she's falling for Ky. Hard. Will she be able to exscape the ever watchful eye of the Officials, and be with Ky, or is she doomed to live a life inside invisible yet restraining walls?
Ally Condie's writing style is superb. It's like a hook; once you start reading, you've been caught. You won't be able to stop unless you;re prised away from the book. She uses some beautiful descriptions and comparisons. There are many memorable quotes that will stay in your heart forever. Combine this with and intriguing and fairly original plot, and you have a winner! ;D Also, nothing is rushed. She takes her time to explain things, and builds the plot up. One thing leads to another in a constant flow, and although it's isn't obviously sad while reading it, it actually is heartbreaking. These people don't live their own lives, they live what someone else thinks is the perfect life. They don't have the freedom we do, and they can never express themselves. Our modern day prisons allow more freedom than the Society allows it's citizens. The joy and beauty of words is lost; only a hundred of each song, story, poem etc. remains. Imagine having all your CDs and DVDs snapped your iPod crushed, your car taken away, your books burned and all your tech destroyed. Imagine living a life with no free will.
Also, the love triangle is dangerous, and sizzling with excitement and intrigue. Xander's known Cassia all her life, he's handsome, clever, sensible, kind and presumably her perfect match. But Ky's lived a life of ruin and loss, and has learned to keep his head down and observe from the side lines, never jump in and get involved. When he's with Cassia, he can live again, and be the real Ky. As the two slowly fall in love, Officials watch from every side, ready for an excuse to finally make Ky an Anomoly. Xander is oblivious to the love affair going on behind his back, and as the stakes get higher, the three face deeper dangers. The romance didn't deduct from the book, or become heavier than the action and plot. There was a healthy balance throughout, and the romance opened up the plot, and added an extra flavour.
So, all in all it's an amazing book, and definitely worth reading. I hope I've managed to convince you. ;) -Zanthie
This was my favourite of all the books! It was exciting, there was a lot of action and romance. More than enough to keep a reader happy :). The charactThis was my favourite of all the books! It was exciting, there was a lot of action and romance. More than enough to keep a reader happy :). The characters grow through the series, and by the end of this book, I felt like I knew them personally, especially Rose. I can't wait until Last Sacrifice-which I think is released in December? Anytime past today is too long for me ;) I bet Rose & Dimitri will get together at the end of the series, as all 5 books have been about the development of, the embracing of, and the (supposed) loss of their love. I really do want Adrian to have a happy ending, because he's my favourite character. I'd love it if he and Rose ended up together, but unfortunately I doubt that will happen :( I'd rate this series 10 stars if I could. ;)...more
Wow. This book was incredible! At first, I wasn't sure if I'd like it. I thought it would be another whiny teenage book. But then a few chapters throuWow. This book was incredible! At first, I wasn't sure if I'd like it. I thought it would be another whiny teenage book. But then a few chapters through, I was hooked. I finished it in less than a day, it was just impossible to get out of.
Cat Clarke's writing doesn't tell you what happens. It speaks to you, as Grace, as you journey through her painful and tough teenage years. The start seems dark, cold and sinister; Grace is about to kill herself. The reason for this is unknown to us at this point in the book, but it did throw us into the action. Then she meets a stranger, Ethan. As she gets drunk she realizes she is being put into a van, but when she wakes up, she is alone. In a pure white room, with nothing except a bed, bathroom, desk, chair, pens and paper. So she begins writing about everything. Her broken family, her deteriorating friendship with her best friend, Sal, her boyfriend and human anchor, Nat and where everything just fell apart.
The story makes you smile and cry. There are times you wish you could do something, anything, to help Grace, to save her from herself. She makes plenty of mistakes: she drinks far too much alcohol and often doesn't remember the previous night, sleeps with random boys/men, cuts herself and feels caged inside her tangled mind. Grace's voice is clear and powerful throughout the book, and all her emotions flow out from the pages with an ease that is a joy to witness.
Another great thing about the story is that many people can relate to it. There is nothing paranormal or sci-fi, only real, humane happenings. Lots of teenagers have a rough time, and Grace's story could inspire many. The ending is full of hope, and is enough to make you cry. The entire book is a rollercoaster, that ends with a realization that will hopefully save Grace, if only her mind.
I'd definitely recommend this to anyone, it is pretty damn awesome! :D There are a few slightly sinister scenes, I suppose if you're a very sensitive person they could be kinda disturbing, especially the suicide/cutting aspect of the book, which is what the entire story is centered around. But it is touching, and I guarantee you will feel for Grace. It is definitely a 5 star book... ;D
I did like this book, although it isn't anywhere near my top 10. The plot had an unique twist to it which I liked, and I didn't get bored of the charaI did like this book, although it isn't anywhere near my top 10. The plot had an unique twist to it which I liked, and I didn't get bored of the characters which can be quite common among books like these. It had a nice, proper ending, and concluded the trilogy nicely :)....more
Wow. I almost cried when Mason died, but this was so much worse! I thought something would happen to Dimitri when he told Rose he's been thinking abouWow. I almost cried when Mason died, but this was so much worse! I thought something would happen to Dimitri when he told Rose he's been thinking about those Tarot cards, but still, I wished it wouldn't happen :(. On to Blood Promise..can this series get any better?!...more
Umm, I guess this book was okay...mostly. It was nice to have a psychic as the lead for a change, but I suppose I expected more from the book. The ploUmm, I guess this book was okay...mostly. It was nice to have a psychic as the lead for a change, but I suppose I expected more from the book. The plot got a bit predictable, and Ever kept repeating all her actions-god, she likes pressing her lips together :/ I did like the little side story-line with her dead sister Riley, and the whole idea behind the book. I guess my favourite character was Miles, as he was a bit cooler than Ever, and Haven annoyed me a bit. But that's just my opinion, I'm sure plenty of people loved this book, I'm a bit surprised I didn't as it's my favourite genre.I may try Blue Moon, to give Alyson Noel a chance. Maybe the next one in the series is better? ;)...more
I LOVED this book! Was a bit unsure at the start, but as soon as I got halfway I was hooked :) The characters are realistic (in a vampiric way) and II LOVED this book! Was a bit unsure at the start, but as soon as I got halfway I was hooked :) The characters are realistic (in a vampiric way) and I just can't put the book down. Just finished Frostbite, the second book. Would recommend this to anyone that likes YA and paranormal romance books. (:...more
This book had a bit of a slow start, and I was considering on giving up on it. I only started reading it because so many of my friends have reccommendThis book had a bit of a slow start, and I was considering on giving up on it. I only started reading it because so many of my friends have reccommended it to me, and I felt like I was missing out on something HUGE. Turns out I was, I'm so glad I carried on reading this. As soon as you get in to the story (around when she arrives at the House of Night) this books becomes a nightmare to put down.
I LOVE Stevie Rae, Damien and the Twins, Zoey becomes such a more likeable character around them. I liked the way the book let you settle into the story before it started getting to the thicker plot: taking down Aphrodite, the leader of the Dark Daughters.
It's a well written book, and it was a pleasure to read. I'm getting the second book pretty damn soon, so I can see what happens next. Thanks guys for telling me to read this fantastic book! :) -Zanthie....more
OK, I admit it: I'm a sucker for gothic, even if somewhat cliché, novels, especially when angels are involved. No, it wasn't the most original of plotOK, I admit it: I'm a sucker for gothic, even if somewhat cliché, novels, especially when angels are involved. No, it wasn't the most original of plots, but still, it was an awesome book. It wasn't worthy of 5 stars: only the best get that treatment, but it sure as hell deserved a 3 star/4 star rating in my opinion.
Luce- Yeah, she is a bit annoying. Whiny? Naíve? Plain? Yes. Intriguing? Has an interesting back story? Yes. So tha kinda makes up for the flaws in her character. She has always been haunted by shadows, and keeps being reincarnated just to fall for the same man again: a fallen angel. But what if she was really meant to be with mysterious, gothic Cam?
Daniel- A fallen angel that keeps falling for Luce, and will do anything to keep her. He's the 'good guy' of the love triangle. I really want a change in these paranormal romance novels, so let's have the hot, mysterious guy win the girl for a change (look below). *grumbles about over- rated good guys*
Cam- TEAM CAM! So apparently he's a bit evil, but seriously? He'd be a way better match for Luce, he might make her a bit bolder and interesting. And even though he's a 'bad guy', I think he's actually kinda good. After all, he makes a deal with Cam to do whatever possible to help Luce. So c'mon, give us a Cam and Luce romance. Please?
I know this review is a bit late as the sequel has FINALLY been released, Torment. I haven't actually read it yet, but I'm going to pretty soon. Hope you liked my review, and I know there are quite a few people that dislike this book, but this review is purely my opinion. -Zanthie! ;)...more