I thought that Paradox: The Angels Are Here was a terrific book. Fast-paced and easy to read, it only took me hours to get from start to finish. WithinI thought that Paradox: The Angels Are Here was a terrific book. Fast-paced and easy to read, it only took me hours to get from start to finish. Within the pages of this book, there are 2 worlds. One ancient and one new. The intricate way in which the author has created and connected these two worlds is beautiful.
I find myself at a loss for words with which to describe the story within these pages. I don't want to give too much away really, it would be a shame to give too much away. Plus, I feel the story speaks for itself. Once you read the first page, I defy anyone not to be hooked. I could hardly bear to put it down. (Even reading it whilst I was eating)
I was lucky enough to receive the book from Patti, and I am ever grateful that she gave it to me because this glorious first installment in her story has left me desperate for more. I am truly glad that I don't have to wait too long for Paradox: Progeny of Innocence (as it's hopefully out on 30th November)
I am really looking forward to reading the next installment, as I have already read the preface and the first few pages, which you will find at the end of this one.
I hope to find out more about both worlds and how one will inevitably impact upon the other.
I have to say, I already believed in Guardian Angels before reading Paradox. But now, I have an even firmer belief in them.
First of all, let me say, I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and WOW! It was absolutely brilliant from the first word to the last and I am now eaFirst of all, let me say, I just finished this book 5 minutes ago and WOW! It was absolutely brilliant from the first word to the last and I am now eagerly anticipating the next book. I cannot wait to see what happens next.
The Legacy of Kilkenny is a beautiful story of friendship, family, love and honour. Want to know what I mean? Well then read on. But I must warn you, I will not give you all the goods. You'll have to buy the book yourself for that.
Abel Casey is an ordinary boy, with an ordinary family and an ordinary life. He goes to Piedsville High School and is best friends with Shane. He lives at home with his mom and dad. He also has an older sister Allie, who he calls Cat.
Sounds pretty gosh darn ordinary so far. Am I right? I know I am.
Then one day at school, Abel meets the stunning looking new girl, Prudence Phelan. No way would she be interested in him, she is far to hot for the likes of Abe. Right?!
Abe and Pru become friends and she feels the time is right to share with him why she came to town - to reveal his destiny as the Great Wolf, he will become leader of all the Packs.
How does Abe take the news that he is actually a werewolf? Well I will leave it to you to read that for yourself.
Pru's main assignment right now is to take care of Abe, teach him, train him, have him hone his skills so that he can one day become the Great Wolf. But, she says, this comes at a price. Abe must die - or at least convince his family he has died.
As Abe starts his training, he starts to have some of the ablities of the weres. He has a heightened sense of hearing for one, also his sense of smell is better than ever. But he hasn't shifted, and he is not totally convinced he will become the Great Wolf that they have been waiting for. He also doesn't want to convince his family he is dead. He knows it will break their hearts, and he doesn't want to be the one to do that to them.
Will he be able to convince the Pack that he doesn't need to die and he can actually protect his family? Well, that I can't tell you.
Life is going pretty well for Abe. He has some pretty awesome new friends, Pru's parents, General Phelan and Dolly, are also pretty cool. But Pru isn't interested in him in a boyfriend/girlfriend way. She has her eyes and her heart set on Oakley, who is tasked with watching out for her while she watches over Abe.
Just when it seems that things are going well, enter Arien - the vampire. He latches on to Allie, and that is NOT a good thing. He is using her to get closer to the Pack to see if he can find any information on the whereabouts of the Great Wolf. Arien tells Abe and Pru that he will infect Allie with the HVV - Human Vampiric Virus- if they don't tell him who he is looking for.
Will Arien infect Allie? Will she turn into a vampire? Will Abe finally shift? Will he find love? Who's to say what will happen?!
All I can really say is, the characters in this book are some of my favourites in recent times. I realy love Abel and his easy going attitude to life. I love me some Oakley with his strong but sensual wolfish features. I like Pru because she is a level headed, sassy girl who will fight for what she thinks is right rather than let you walk all over her.
Devyn Dawson is a great author. Her words had me entranced from the moment I started reading, and even now, they linger with me - making me wonder what will happen in the second book.
I read a lot of YA fiction, and I find that sometimes, the theme of many books can be pretty samey. What is the point of reading yet another book about a vampire? Or yet another book about a werewolf? They might be questions that some people ask themselves, but not me.
Personally, I like nothing more than diving into a new book head first. I love to meet new characters and enjoy different authors ways of portaying things, even if they can be similar.
For me, the first thing I look for is cover art. I know the old saying about don't judge a book by it's cover, but for me, that just isn't true. I know you may say that I am maybe missing out on a great story that lurks within the walls of a more mediocre cover, and yes that may be true. But, I like my cover art. I offer no apologies for this.
I think you will agree with me that the cover art for this book is something that makes you stop, look, read the blurb, and then buy it. That's exactly what I did. And I for one am glad that I did. The Legacy of Kilkenny goes straight on my Favourite Books pile. And Devyn Dawson, goes straight up there with my favourite authors.
This book had me laughing, wanting to punch someone in the face, laughing some more, and crying - at least twice!
So I say, go buy this book, curl up on the sofa with a hot cup of cocoa and settle in for an amazing journey that will stay with you even after the words on the page are over.
Firstly may I say, I was totally in love with this cover at first sight. As a self-confessed cover-magpie, how could I not love something as beautifulFirstly may I say, I was totally in love with this cover at first sight. As a self-confessed cover-magpie, how could I not love something as beautiful as this?! Well done Phat Puppy on another awesome creation! From the colours to the model to the mysterious qualities it portray - much love for this stunning cover!
I was on Twitter when I discovered this book. I went to Kate's blog and it said to send her an email for a review copy. So naturally, I did.
At the time of finally getting round to reading it, I won't lie - I had forgotten what the blurb said. So actually, I kind of went into this book a bit blind. But I found I didn't mind that so much. It's good to have a surprise now and then.
Corinne Finley is just your average teenager. She works in her dad's cafe to earn her keep. She goes to school with her best friend Angeline. She's had a falling out with her 'almost boyfriend' Mason. Just a truly average life. That is until the day of the school Bake Sale. Corinne bakes some absolutely delicious petit-fours. Yet another ordinary thing? Maybe if she hadn't used her late grandmothers food dyes to turn them different colours. But she did - and things just seem to go from strange to stranger still. Boys that haven't paid the slightest attention to her before are falling over themselves and each other, just to talk to her. Girls that ignore her start talking to her and begging her to dye their hair the same as hers.
At this point in the book (quite near the start) I was laughing to myself as a regular occurrence. They say simple things please simple minds. Well in that case, I don't mind being simple. Bearing in mind, I normally have some clue as to where the book is going from the first few chapters, that was not the case with PYXIS. I was hooked and had to know what on earth could possibly come next.
The Bake Sale wasn't the only strange event.
Corinne discovers that her and Mason are sharing the same dreams. They are dreaming about a dark force that is intent on consuming everything around them. She is also being followed and is subsequently attacked by a strange woman who knows secrets about her family's past. Corinne is left wondering who on earth this woman is, what she wants and who her grandmother really was. Not all is as ordinary as it once seemed. Will things ever be the same as they once were? And can Corinne and Mason figure out why they are sharing dreams?
For the answers to these questions, you must read PYXIS for yourself.
For me, this book was a fresh seed planted in the YA world. I now look forward to it being nurtured and growing in the next book in the series, Alight. I am really pleased that this book wasn't the same old, same old. It's nice to read something new and refreshing once in a while.
I enjoyed Kate's approach to this book. It wasn't a heavy read. It wasn't hard to get into. Instead it was light, fast-paced and kept me turning the pages to find out what was happening next. The only break I took was when I finally needed to go to bed last night and when I took my son to school today. Other than those times, I have been sat with a cup of tea in one hand and my Kindle in the other. I liked it so much that I said to my other half that if I could be any book character - I would choose to be Corinne Finley. No lie. I think she is a refreshingly different character. She's not all 'woe is me' like some and not as stuck up 'look at me aren't I special' like others.
I love Kate's unique style of writing and I look forward to there being more books in the series. I for one hope that there are several more to come.
Well done Kate on a beautiful debut and I look forward to the next installment in this great adventure....more
First of all, may I just say WOW. This book set my heart and soul on fire and even though the book has ended, the flames still haven't been extinguishFirst of all, may I just say WOW. This book set my heart and soul on fire and even though the book has ended, the flames still haven't been extinguished.
I absolutely fell in love with the beautiful style of Hope Collier's writing and the unique characters she created. This is certainly one story that will stay with me long beyond the last page. I cannot wait to read the next book whenever that may be released.
So the question I hear being asked is, why? Why do I feel this way? Well it's tough to explain in eloquent words really. From the first page of The Willows: Haven, I knew that it was going to be an emotional journey both for the characters on the page and for me as the reader.
In the beginning we meet Ashton Blake, a 17 year old girl living in Malibu. On the surface, she is a normal girl, with a normal life. She has a boyfriend called Kevin and a best friend called Kyle. The one thing she doesn't have is a mother. And the father she has, well let's just say they aren't all that close. She even calls him Charlie rather than Dad.
I won't say exactly what leads up to it, but Ashton is soon faced with a tragedy, and rather than stick around with her boyfriend and friends to face it head on with their help, she finds herself on a cross-country road-trip.
Along the way, she meets a handsome stranger by the name of Gabe Willoughby who has eyes the colour of the sea and a beautiful, heart-warming smile. Ashton runs over his motorbike, so she feels responsible for leaving him stranded and offers him a lift. Gabe takes her up on her offer, giving her the nickname Grace, because as you may guess, she is so 'graceful' what with having knocked over his bike amongst other things (that you will only find out when you read it for yourself).
By getting to know Gabe better, she unwittingly discovers things about her own past, how he is not necessarily the stranger she had him pegged as. It raises questions for her as to who she really is and what might really have happened to the mother she once had. Gabe and Ashton's lives are entwined in a way she does not expect and is left reeling upon discovery.
But just as Ashton is coming to terms with what Gabe has told her, and accepting her heritage for what it really is - she is summoned to fulfill a treaty in a land she has never visited, by people she does not know. It can't be a good thing, surely?
Well that I will leave for you to discover on your own journey through this enthralling book. I can honestly say my heart was held captive until the end. There were moments when I laughed, when I cried, and when I wanted to sock somebody in the mouth for their actions. All in all, it was a tumultuous ride for Ashton, Gabe and ultimately me.
I was lucky enough that upon discovering Hope Collier on Twitter, she offered me a copy of this book to review, but I would have been glad to pay any price to read such a tale. I knew absolutely nothing about Naiads and Dryads and the like before. But now I feel I am left with a better knowledge and understanding of the things in this particular myth. I only hope that the second book is uplifting a journey as the first and I know I will do my best to be one of the first in line upon it's release.
"As I was just telling the class, I am going to teach you the History of the Afterlife. I will not only fill you in on the history of this Academy, but also the history of the Spiritual Realm. As you know, you have entered the spirit world, the world of Ru'ach. This world is filled with possibilities, and you will be amazed at what you are capable of doing. This is your first full day in the Afterlife and there is a lot you don't know. But don't worry; by the time you graduate from this place, you will know all you need to know" She looked at the class and turned to the blackboard behind her. It was an old-fashioned chalkboard. I noticed she had a feather pen with a silver inkwell on her desk. It occurred to me how old everything seemed to be, like nothing had happened here for hundreds of years. "As you know by now you have all lost your physical body, but you still exist as a spirit," Mrs Higgins continued. "Not many people on earth are aware that they have a spirit that will still exist even when their physical body dies. There are several academies like this in the Afterworld, about four hundred or so, that take care of the spirits and prepare them for the Afterlife. Just before a spirit is born into a body it is appointed to an academy and it follows you through your earthly life and helps you get to the right place once your earthly body is dead." That explained a lot to me, like what I saw in those pictures. They had captured these people's deaths and just repeated it again and again. But I didn't understand why. What purpose did those horrible pictures have?" '
"Me" is Meghan, a sixteen year old girl who has just died and started her new life at the Academy. "Those horrible pictures" are in a book that Meghan found, while lost, looking for her classroom on her first day at the Academy.
'I stood motionless and stared at the picture for a long time. Then as I flipped through the book, I realized all the pages were filled with pictures just like this one. And in every one of them someone was dying. I flipped twenty pages or so and saw a woman on an operating table in a hospital. I flipped a couple more and saw a young ma, no more than seventeen or eighteen, lying on the floor in a pool of blood. Someone was standing next to him. It made my heart race. The man raised a baseball bat and hit the boy with it. Then he did it again and again ; the body just lay there lifeless. My eyes filled with tears. How could anyone do something that cruel? As the man kept hitting him,the boy exhaled and his spirit emerged from him. Like in the other picture, two spirits arrived through the wall and took the boy's spirit with them and left the body behind'
We follow Meghan and her teenage classmates through their lessons and adventures in the Afterlife. Meghan ends up in a love triangle between Mick, the Academy cook and Jason, the living boy from the picture. It culminates in Meghan trying to prevent Jason's death, with unforeseen complications.
This is a powerfully moving story, simply, but elegantly written, and it left me wanting more. Luckily, it is the first in a series called Afterlife. The second book is called Serenity, and I will be reviewing it soon, as I can't get Meghan and her friends out of my head. I know the premise of this book is a bit far-fetched, but the way it is written somehow makes it totally plausible
I recommend this book for mature young adults and adults alike. The writing style is fresh, the concept unique, a real page-turner. I know that's a bit cliché, but in this instance, it's true. ...more
First of all, let me say the cover is beautiful. It was what drew me to the book in the first instance. I am a big lover of purple and blue, as many ofFirst of all, let me say the cover is beautiful. It was what drew me to the book in the first instance. I am a big lover of purple and blue, as many of you know already. I love the fact that the red dress provides a stark contrast to the ethereal feeling background. Honestly, big love to the cover artist, Robin Ludwig Design Inc!
I was being nosey on Twitter (as some of you now know I am a lot) and I came across Rachael. This was a few months ago now and I was intrigued by the look of AMARANTH. I asked her if she wanted me to review it on exchange for a free e-book copy. Luckily for me, she said yes. (I would have bought it at some point anyway no doubt). I haven't actually had chance to pick it up until now and I have been feeling guilty about that. But in a way I am glad I had to wait a while. This is simply because I am so desperate for the release of The Gates and now I don't have to wait so long in between books :) When I first asked Rachael for a copy, I read the blurb so that I knew what it was about. But by the time I picked it up a couple of months down the line, I had totally forgotten. I could have easily picked up the paperback that Rachael sent me, but I was too lazy to go to the bookshelf. So I went into it totally blind, not knowing what I could expect. By the fact that it says Resistance Trilogy #1 in brackets after the title, it gave me cause to think it might be a Dystopian novel. But when I picked it up, I realised I was wrong. I thought that maybe it was a romance. But was proved wrong on that count too.
What was it? I hear you ask. Well, read on for my review and see for yourself :)
Camille realises she needs to leave her abusive boyfriend and put her dysfunctional family behind her. Louisiana seems like the perfect place to do both of those things. Or at least one would think so. That is until Andrew, another abusive boyfriend, comes on the scene. Just what is it about Camille that attracts the deadbeats and the abusive? I mean, she's a sweet, sensitive girl. She deserves to be with someone wonderful who treats her with the utmost of respect and decency. But no, wherever she goes, it seems she is destined to attract the bad ones like a magnet.
So when Gavin Devereaux comes along she is most pleasantly surprised that he is not only very handsome looking, but also a loving, caring man. He's not one of these with a dark and murky past full of secrets. Is he?
Camille's best friend Audrey comes from Seattle to visit her and finds herself attracted to Gavin's friend Gabe. So for the fortnight that she is visiting, the two couples double date. Everything's goes well. Except for the fact that the boys always have them back at Camille's house for midnight.
At this point I was thinking to myself; Why on Earth would they have to get them back for midnight? Thankfully, it wasn't too long until I found out.
Gavin does have a secret after all. But it isn't anything that Camille could have imagined.
This secret plunges Camille into the world of vampires. There she is faced with decisions that threaten her life and more importantly to her, the lives of those she loves.
Those she loves must go to the city of Amaranth on their quest for freedom. But their journey will not be an easy one.
At this point, I feel like I shouldn't tell you any more about their journey. I could talk about the things that happened and how they made me feel. But I feel this incredible journey is something that you must discover for yourself.
Throughout this entire book, there were ups and downs, highs and lows. It was a fantastic journey from beginning to end. The only thing I disliked was the fact that it had to end. I cannot wait until The Gates (The Resistance Trilogy #2) is released so that I can pick up where I left off. I can't even begin to describe to you how I felt reading AMARANTH because I am afraid that if I do, it will be too spoilery. All I can really say is, there were times when I laughed, but also times when I cried. I felt I could relate to Camille for a few reasons. Having had a dysfunctional family growing up myself and having had an abusive ex I needed to escape, I could totally feel her pain as though it were my own.
I absolutely love the way Rachael Wade writes. She created some wonderful, lovable characters. I really felt an empathy for Camille and what she was going through. Audrey was the perfect best friend. You need someone like her in your life. As for Gavin? Ooo everybody needs a Gavin. Tall, dark, handsome and a remarkably nice person to boot. I would love me a real life Gavin Devereaux.
As for the bad guys? Yes, of course I hated the bad guys. But the one good thing I can say about them is that they were totally believable. Sometimes an author goes out of their way to create the 'absolute bad guy'; Rachael Wade made them real. Andrew was creepy, abusive, aggressive and rotten to the core. He had no redeeming features, except for the fact that Rachael made him real. There really are guys out there like him.
So, high praise from me to Rachael for a stunning first book in the trilogy. I cannot wait to read the next two, but at the same time, don't want it to end.
Thank you Rachael for the chance to review this book. I am eternally grateful....more
Firstly, I love this cover. I have loved both the covers in the Chemical Garden Trilogy so far but this is my favourite.
When I knew that FEVER was comFirstly, I love this cover. I have loved both the covers in the Chemical Garden Trilogy so far but this is my favourite.
When I knew that FEVER was coming out, I asked Rosi at Harper Collins for an ARC. She said that HarperVoyager were sending them out and I would get it soon. Unfortunately, the first one got lost so I had to wait for another one. Luckily that arrived on Monday so when I finished my previous book, I picked it straight up.
I adored this book from beginning to end. I had not long read WITHER so the story of Rhine Ellery was fresh in my mind. Having been left hanging at the end of Wither, I was only too happy to be sucked right back in. For me personally, FEVER was even better than Wither. Where I awarded 4 stars before, this is a straight 5 star in my opinion. Lauren DeStefano's writing has a way of drawing you in to the deepest darkest corners of Rhine's world and leaving you trapped. Not that I minded, in the slightest.
This time around, Rhine and Gabriel are free. But at what cost? Surely nothing as good as their freedom should come without a price?
Washed up on shore, they find themselves being captured by Madame Soleski. A cruel and bitter ringmistress if ever there were one. Madame isn't at all happy that the pairl have turned up. She believes them to be spies or to have had spies follow them there. Truly a more evil woman I am yet to meet. (I found myself thinking that her and Housemaster Vaughn would make a great couple. Bitter, twisted, perfect for each other).
Rhine and Gabriel find themselves thrust into a world that is no better than the world they came from. They are drugged, forced to work in Madame's twisted carnival. Rhine is to be her star attraction, her 'Goldenrod'. From one life where she is forced to do things others want her to, to yet another world where she must do things against her will for the entertainment of Madame and her clients. I couldn't help but feel sorry for Rhine being 'free' of Housemaster Vaughn and the life she had. It seemed to me that maybe, she might have been better off where she was.
For this young couple, the road to freedom is a long and fraught journey. What's worse is that Housemaster Vaughn is still determined to find Rhine and bring her back to the mansion. At any cost.
Will she ever be free? Will she ever find Rowan, her twin?
The emotions in this book made me well up with tears more than once. I can honestly say I didn't really feel happy. There were just times when I felt a little less sad. I can't wait to see what happens in the final book in this trilogy. I can't help but hope that there will be a little ray of light to penetrate the darkness that Rhine is in. Whilst I know that the road must be rough and it cannot go from such despair to the height of happiness, I do hope to see Rhine experience true happiness, be it just remotely. Even if it's only for a short time, it would be good to see one real smile on her face. After everything she has been through and is no doubt yet to go through, I hope there can be one shining moment for her.
Thanks to Lauren DeStefano for creating this Dystopian masterpiece. Thanks to HarperVoyager who provided this copy of FEVER. ...more
As happens often recently, I am sat at my laptop without knowing exactly what I intend to say in my review. This seems to happen more and more often bAs happens often recently, I am sat at my laptop without knowing exactly what I intend to say in my review. This seems to happen more and more often because I am reading some awesome books. This time is no exception. This time I was left feeling empty and full at the same time, happy yet sad. I can honestly say that the characters were some of the most enigmatic I have discovered of late. BONE DRESSING was captivating from the moment the words began and the only thing that was bad about this book was the fact it had to end. I was about halfway through this book when I stumbled across someone's 1 star rating of it and I was curious what they thought was so wrong about it. Upon reading that review I honestly didn't know what they were talking about. It felt like they had read a totally different book to me. The things I liked about it were exactly the things this person had hated. All I could say was, oh well, it's a shame for them that they couldn't see what I saw. ---------------------------------------------------------------------
BONE DRESSING is a story about 17 year old girl called Syd. Sydney Annalise Bovay Roberdeau. And boy is she one angry young woman. In the beginning, just about everything makes her mad. She doesn't seem to have any way of channelling that anger, she just lets it rise to the surface and explode. I must say, this actually had me laughing out loud. I think Syd is AWESOME. She's feisty, she's mouthy, she flouts the authority of her foster parents. She pulls no punches and tells things exactly as they are. Quince and Jackie are her foster parents and they have had about enough with Syd always rebelling, sneaking out when she's supposed to be in her room. But as I said, Syd isn't much for authority. It's really Quince who's harder on her. Jackie is soft at the edges and I think she would let Syd get away with more were it not for Quince. They may be her foster parents, but they love her and only want what's best for her. Even if that means grounding her for a month and banning her from her school prom, after yet another of Syd's escapades.
Needless to say, Syd sneaks out of the house.
She finds that her feet lead her to the cemetery of their own accord. They lead her right up to Plot 1327-B. The plot of Lily-Bovay Roberdeau and Jeremiah Remy Roberdeau. Syd's parents. This is the plot she calls 'Home'.
Whilst sitting at her parents plot, a deep male voice asks her what brings her to the cemetery on such a stormy night. It makes Syd just about jump out of her skin. She had assumed she was alone, talking to her parents to ease her troubles.
The voice turns out to be coming from a guy with shoulder length, straight, dark hair, slick and glistening in the moonlight and the rain from the storm. His name is Jean-Remy Beauchamps St Claire. He is also beautiful, not that Syd would tell him that. They strike up a conversation and he tells her he prefers to be called Remy. But Syd struggles with this because it was her fathers name.
(I won't tell you what takes place between them, but I can say Syd is her usual feisty self - argumentative, temperamental, maybe a touch self-depricating)
Then, along comes his sister. Sarah. A sweet young girl who looks to be about 8 years old. She steps out when Syd and Remy are talking, causing Syd to swear - which let's face it isn't unusual for Syd, but is not considered polite in front of one so young.
Sarah La Rosa Genevieve St Claire, as she introduces herself, has bright blue eyes that seem to shine with an inner strength. A strength usually found in a woman beyond Sarah's years.
As usual though, Syd can't keep herself from arguing with someone for 5 minutes. And though she doesn't know Remy or anything about him, she still finds grounds to argue on. She is shouting and swearing at him, having to apologise to Sarah for her manners, when out of the trees comes a huge glossy black furred cat. A full grown black panther to be precise. It has it's eyes set on Syd. Now what is she supposed to do?
Well, she tells Remy how gorgeous she thinks he is for a start. Confronted with her certain death at the hands, or rather paws, of a panther, she feels she might as well tell him. She won't live beyond this moment to regret what spills out anyway.
Except that she does live. The panther doesn't attack any of them. Whilst thankful that it hasn't killed her, Syd sure wishes she hadn't spilled her guts to the gorgeous Remy.
As it turns out, the panther is a travelling companion of the brother-sister duo. Her name is TJ and she doesn't like the way Syd was arguing with Remy. TJ is very protective of him and thought that Syd was attacking him.
Turns out that Syd needs to keep a civil tongue in her head. Easier said than done. But if she doesn't, she'll have to incur the wrath of TJ. Still, that doesn't stop our Syd from mouthing off. Boy this girl knows how to push boundaries. Almost like it's an art form.
I can't say too much more without giving the whole game away, I always worry that my reviews might be classed as too 'spoilery'.
All I can say now is how I felt about this book.
Like I said before, BONE DRESSING was captivating from the start. Whether I was laughing at Syd's anger rearing it's head, or at her nearly wetting her pants when confronted by Bagheera - as she calls TJ - there were certainly some laugh out loud moments. The writing style of Michelle Brooks is unlike others I have come across in the genre. She has a unique voice and I have to say, I love it. The only bad thing about this book was the fact it had to end. The end left me instantly craving more. In a way, I'm glad I read this book when I did, but in a way, I wish I'd been able to wait until the next book was released. That way I would have been able to get my next fix sooner. As it is, I along with everyone else, must wait (im)patiently until the next book comes along.
There are some awesome characters to be found within the pages of this book. I not only fell in love with the ticking time bomb that we call Syd, but Remy and Sarah too. We didn't get to find out much about their past, and I hope to find out more in book 2. Their lives are entwined in such a way, and I hope that this leads to more fascinating discoveries. It has already been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, and I don't see that ceasing to be the case any time soon. I really can't say too much about the story, but there are more beautiful characters to be discovered than just these 3.
Syd finds she must go back to her previous lives to discover more about herself. If she doesn't, there will be things she is not yet ready and able to face. Things that may be the end of her.
In BONE DRESSING, she goes back and discovers her life when she was Rachel - intrinsically linked and deeply in love with Jesse. We discover much about the love they had for each other and the life they lived together. Without spoiling it too much, all I can really tell you is that these were 2 beautiful characters. You could tell that they were made for each other.
The way Michelle writes these scenes, it seems as though she herself may have experienced a love as deep rooted and all consuming as the love of Rachel and Jesse, or she has dreamed of love like it often. The way in which her words paint the picture of a love so pure and beautiful, touched my heart in a way that is tough to forget.
Not all was smiles and laughter along the way for all involved though. There was a point at which I was shocked to the core and sat there for a good 5 minutes re-reading the same paragraph because my heart didn't want to let the words sink in. I am not ashamed to admit, I cried for about the next 15 minutes before regaining my composure.
It truly takes something rich and wonderful to touch me they way BONE DRESSING has. I must own this book in paperback, because much as I love my kindle and my e-books, I do like to own my favourites in hardcopy. This is a book that I will definitely recommend to all my friends, and indeed to all readers that want something a little bit different and special on their shelf.
I am ever thankful that Michelle asked me to review this book. Some people appreciate art for it's beauty. Well I appreciate a good book and a good author in exactly the same way.
So, thank you Michelle. I hope I don't have to wait too long for the next installment in this incredible journey.
I really love the cover for this book. I love that it's pretty yet haunting at the same time. It was what drew me to it in the first place and made meI really love the cover for this book. I love that it's pretty yet haunting at the same time. It was what drew me to it in the first place and made me ask for a copy for review.
FAERY TALES & NIGHTMARES isn't a full length novel. It's a collection of 8 short stories. WHERE NIGHTMARES WALK, WINTER'S KISS, TRANSITION, LOVE STRUCK, OLD HABITS, STOPPING TIME, COTTON CANDY SKIES AND MERELY MORTAL.
At first, I wasn't too sure if I could read the ones that take place within the Wicked Lovely world. I haven't yet read that series and I argued with myself as to whether reading them would spoil any future enjoyment when I do pick them up. I needn't have worried though because as it turns out, they made me more likely to read Wicked Lovely. I fell in love with 2 of the characters, Niall and Irial and now I am desperate to read more about them.
*swoons* Sorry, I got sidetracked there for a moment.
I don't want to write this review as I would for a full-length novel. I don't want to spoil it for anyone that hasn't read it yet. The stories are so short and sweet that I find it hard to sum them up and do them justice without giving too much away. What I can tell you is that this book is a MUST for Wicked Lovely fans. I hadn't actually read anything by Melissa Marr before picking this up but now I know that she is an author that I really look forward to more from. I can definitely tell why she is a New York Times Bestselling Author. Her writing is fast-paced and intriguing, she keeps you guessing what will happen next. I fell truly in love with Niall and Irial and if she can write more characters like them, then I can see myself falling in love plenty more times.
I adore books where you feel like you could actually be part of the story. I felt so at home within the stories based within the Wicked Lovely world. This is why I am now so eager to pick up the series. I actually cried at one of them so if a short story can do that to me, imagine what a full-length novel about those characters will do to me. I love all things fey. This is probably why those were my favourite of the 8. But I did enjoy all of them. They were fast and fun for different reasons.
I am so pleased that I was presented with the opportunity to read this book. So thanks to Rosi at Harper Collins for sending it to me. Thanks to Melissa Marr for creating such amazingly good stories and worlds in which to get lost. I look forward to getting to know the rest of your characters. ...more
I just finished this book about 5 minutes ago and let me tell you, it left me absolutely breathless. I am really happy to see that it is part one of aI just finished this book about 5 minutes ago and let me tell you, it left me absolutely breathless. I am really happy to see that it is part one of a trilogy as it left me deseprate for more.
I was fortunate enough to receive this book from Harper Collins for review, but let me tell you, I would have gladly paid the price tag for it then some. I really truly feel like I have found one of my favourite books and discovered a new favourite author to add to my list.
I was on Twitter one day and saw that people were talking about Carrier of The Mark, so I went to Amazon to check it out and see what all the fuss was about. Then when I was contacted by Harper Collins and asked if there were any books I wanted them to send me, this was the first one I picked.
I was so excited when I received it in the post but it had to wait until I had finished the book I was reading at the time.
Finally, I got around to picking it up on Thursday (15th December) and it has hardly left my hand since. I found myself needing to read it like a drug addict needs their next fix. To me, reading is my addiction and it is fueled even more so when I find a fantastic book such a Carrier of The Mark.
The first thing that grabbed my attention about this book was it's setting in Ireland. It is a place I have always envisaged as being magical and breath-taking. Though I have never been, I have always wanted to go. Honestly, Leigh Fallon has depicted it in such a way that now I want to go even more. If only to see where Carrier of The Mark is set.
I feel I can't say too much about the story because it is a journey that you, as the reader, should undertake yourself. From the first word to the last, this was an amazing story. A beautiful, magical journey that will stay with me for a long time after the final word.
I simply cannot wait for the next two installments, yet I know that when I have read the last one, I will still be hungry for more.
The way Leigh Fallon writes is beautiful. She paints a vivid picture that took me beyond the boundaries of what I thought my minds eye was capable of.
Megan Rosenberg grew up in America but now she's moved to Ireland. She sees herself as a non-desript, normal looking girl who hopes to just blend in and not stand out as the "new girl". She hopes that the new uniform she must wear and her fair complexion will help her do just that.
On her first day at her new school, she meets Caitlin who thankfully shares a few classes with her and makes her feel at ease. She also meets the gorgeous, delectable Adam DeRis. (Sorry that I don't have the required accents for the beautiful names)
Megan seems to fit into life in Ireland as if she had lived there all her life. She seems to get on with everyone she meets. Of course who could not like such a sweet natured girl?! Things are going well at school and at home. Soon she finds herself alone with Adam Deris and he tells her he likes her. That's right, the hot guy is sweet on her. I know people say it's a little cliche for the "normal looking girl" to get the hot guy, but I enjoy the way it makes Megan feel to be looked upon in such a way by someone as beautiful as Adam. The way Leigh Fallon writes, it makes me feel a connection to Megan, almost as though I could be her. I felt what she felt. Saw what she saw. It was amazing.
Soon Megan meets Adam's family, again I don't have the accents to do their names justice. His sister, Aine (pronounced Awn-ye, I think)his brother Rian (Ree-in, I think)and their guardian, Fionn (Fee-un?). The Deris family have a secret, they are all Marked Ones, vessels for the elements, Earth, Fire and Water. Because of this, they each have an affinity for that element and have a kind of magic. (I shall explain no further so I don't spoil it).
Upon discovering their secret, Megan isn't half as freaked out as I would have been. She takes it all in her stride and comes to learn that she too has something of a secret. Something she only discovers upon meeting the Deris family and she cannot share with anyone outside of the family.
I cannot share any more with you without blowing it and totally giving the game away. There is so very much more I want to share, but I know that I wouldn't have appreciated being told ahead of time what happened. All I can tell you is, Leigh Fallon wrote a beautiful story and I am so glad she shared it. She created a gorgeous setting within the magical country of Ireland. I fell in love with the characters. If I had to pick a favourite, other than Megan and Adam, I would probably say Fionn. He has his own story to share and it would be nice to find out more about that in the second book maybe?!
All that is left to say I guess, is that if you don't already have this on your bookshelf at home, you are really missing out on something amazing. Go, buy Carrier of The Mark now. You won't be sorry!
Title: The Name of The Star Author: Maureen Johnson Source: Review copy from Harper Collins
I have always loved things about Jack The Ripper. From documeTitle: The Name of The Star Author: Maureen Johnson Source: Review copy from Harper Collins
I have always loved things about Jack The Ripper. From documentaries on television, to books about him. I have always been fascinated by how he is one of our most notorious murderers, despite having only killed a small number of people. Some believe he killed 4 women, some think it's 5, some think it's 6. I personally have always thought it was 4. But it isn't the number of women he killed that matters most, it's the way in which he killed them.
From Wikipedia: Jack the Ripper
"With the Vigilance Committee in the East End: A Suspicious Character" from The Illustrated London News, 13 October 1888 Background information Birth name Identity unknown Also known as "The Whitechapel Murderer" "Leather Apron" Killings Number of victims: 5+? Span of killings 1888–? Country United Kingdom "Jack the Ripper" is the best-known name given to an unidentified serial killer who was active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. The name originated in a letter, written by someone claiming to be the murderer, that was disseminated in the media. The letter is widely believed to have been a hoax, and may have been written by a journalist in a deliberate attempt to heighten interest in the story. Other nicknames used for the killer at the time were "The Whitechapel Murderer" and "Leather Apron". Attacks ascribed to the Ripper typically involved female prostitutes from the slums whose throats were cut prior to abdominal mutilations. The removal of internal organs from at least three of the victims led to proposals that their killer possessed anatomical or surgical knowledge. Rumours that the murders were connected intensified in September and October 1888, and letters from a writer or writers purporting to be the murderer were received by media outlets andScotland Yard. The "From Hell" letter, received by George Lusk of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, included half of a preserved human kidney, supposedly from one of the victims. Mainly because of the extraordinarily brutal character of the murders, and because of media treatment of the events, the public came increasingly to believe in a single serial killer known as "Jack the Ripper". Extensive newspaper coverage bestowed widespread and enduring international notoriety on the Ripper. An investigation into a series of brutal killings in Whitechapel up to 1891 was unable to connect all the killings conclusively to the murders of 1888, but the legend of Jack the Ripper solidified. As the murders were never solved, the legends surrounding them became a combination of genuine historical research, folklore, and pseudohistory. The term "ripperology" was coined to describe the study and analysis of the Ripper cases. There are now over one hundred theories about the Ripper's identity, and the murders have inspired multiple works of fiction.
So when I was asked by Rosi at Harper Collins if there were any books I was interested in, The Name Of The Star automatically came to mind. I wanted to see what Maureen Johnson could bring to the table. Let me assure you, I am VERY glad I did.
Maureen Johnson writes a chillingly epic tale. It was not overly gory, yet contained enough that my appetite for gore was satiated. I don't usually care whether a book contains real blood and guts or not. However, this book being based on Jack The Ripper would not have been half so satisfying without it. I mean, if you are going to tell a story about someone ripping internal organs out, you can't really do it without some gore. That having been said, it isn't so bad that you wouldn't want your teenage daughter/son to read it. I think it is suitable for anyone around 16+ and would definitely recommend it to a friend's daughter who is around that age.
So, on to my review:
Aurora Deveaux, or Rory as she prefers to be known, was born and raised in Louisiana, America. Her arrival in England marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it is the start of her new life. Her parents are in Bristol for work, so Rory finds herself at a boarding school in London. The day Rory arrives at school, she discovers that London is in the grips of a copycat killer who is replicating the murders of Jack The Ripper. He kills his first victim in the same way as his first victim back in 1888. Rory has a run in with him one night, but only she can see him. What does that mean? How can they catch him if only Rory can see him? Rory is scared what this could mean. I mean wouldn't you be?! It's Jack The Ripper. Multiple murders and eviscerations to his name. And only Rory can see him. That has to give a girl the creeps!
I don't want to be all spoilery and tell you what to expect. However, I can say that there will be twists and turns that if you are anything like me, you won't see coming. I must say, each of which is immensely enjoyable. I found that Maureen Johnson has done a great job of her slant on Rippermania. In all honesty, when I saw that this was only book 1, I felt that it may not have a proper conclusion. But actually, for me, there were no loose ends. It was all tied up in a pretty- nay bloody- package. I was really glad to find that such a book could fit so well into the YA category.
I was happy to see that Maureen mentioned The Smiths, one of my favourite bands of all time. It was great to see the lyrics dotted about. I love Morrissey's voice and found that it actually fitted really well within the story. This is the first of Maureen's books that I have read. However, now I know I like her style, I will no doubt go out and purchase some more. I cannot wait for the next Shades of London book due for release, I believe, in October 2012. It's a long time to wait, but due to the fact that this one actually did have an ending and didn't leave us hanging, I feel okay about the fact I have to wait another 10 months.
All in all I would recommend this book to anyone who likes YA books and is looking for something a little different than vampires, werewolves and the like. Not that I don't love me some vamps, it's just that I like to read something a little different from time to time. I stayed up late into the night to finish this because I was too enthralled to put it down. For me, The Name Of The Star will go down in history as one of my favourite books.
First of all, let me tell you, I have no idea how to write a review for this book. This book is the BEST Covenant novel, and possibly the best book ofFirst of all, let me tell you, I have no idea how to write a review for this book. This book is the BEST Covenant novel, and possibly the best book of 2013 so far. There aren't really enough words to sum up how I felt and I don't feel I could articulate them well enough if there were. Jennifer L. Armentrout always writes books that blow me away and Apollyon was no different. Well it was, it blew me away even more than the others. *stalls, thinking of words to describe this amount of awesomeness* I could talk all day about how much this book rocks, but I'd probably end up spoiling it for you and I don't want to do that. If you haven't read any of the Covenant novels, may I suggest you pick them all up and read them AT ONCE. You don't know what you are missing. From the crazy characters she creates, to the setting, these books are amazing. You get sucked in in an instant and you endure a roller coaster ride with exceptional twists and turns. You think you're starting to get to grips with things but then Jennifer throws a spanner in the works - she had you fooled for a while, then she turned the tables and what you thought you knew is no longer.
Apollyon is the book I have been most looking forward to out of the series, though now it is replaced by Sentinel, the final novel. I can't wait until January 2014, it's too far away.
So, do I give you a quick summary of what happens? I'm really not sure what to do here because in my reviews, I usually give a brief summary of the book and then my feelings on it. But I feel if I do that here, I'm going to end up talking forever and giving away all the important moments that you need to experience for yourself. I think it's suffice to say, this book is the most shocking, the biggest roller coaster of them all. I was happy, I was sad, I cried, I wanted to punch Seth or strangle him until his oesophagus disintegrated. That brings me to a good point actually, Seth. Some readers love him and are on 'Team Seth' - which by the way I don't understand how that's possible - and some readers hate him; I'm totally on 'Team Hate Seth'. He's a dumbass jerk. Why? Well if you've read the novels up to this point, you'll have a good idea why I say this. But if you haven't, well let me lay it down for you. In the beginning, I thought Seth was quite sweet, he seemed kind, compassionate, genuine. I even played for 'Team Seth' for about 5 minutes. But then the façade seemed to crack and we saw the Seth who uses Alex. Back when he asked her to 'see where they went' he seemed genuine, but then although he hadn't agreed to be exclusive with her, he cheated on her. Which I feel was totally out of order. He uses Alex to get what he wants and never tells her the full truth. He might only see it as lying by omission but I see it as bare faced lies. He knows things and he should share them with Alex because those things affect her life too, but he doesn't. What he doesn't seem to think of is that when Alex awakens, she will have the knowledge of all the Apollyons that went before her. He doesn't seem to know that he's hurting Alex. This is when we think Seth could be good. But then he goes and shows another side of himself which I class as full on evil - then you're stuck not knowing who the 'real' Seth is because he's the boy who cried wolf - you never know when to believe him any more. He could be a good guy that got swept away with his 'God Complex' and the thought of becoming the God Killer, having that kind of power can warp you. I like to think that in end, we will see that he was just being used and the power made him crazy for a while - in the end, I want him to be a good guy who was just misled.
Anyway, enough about Seth. I'm 'Team Aiden' - although there was about 5 minutes where I thought he was a bit of a fool. But then I came to realise why he had been acting the way he was and I quickly forgave him and was back on the Team Aiden wagon. I am so in love with Aiden it's untrue. He's one of my biggest fictional crushes. In Apollyon, the way he stands and fights for Alex, even when she has her 'Evil Alex' period, makes me realise what a good, kind, compassionate man he is and he would do anything for the woman he loves. I loved reading his novella, Elixir. It made me see just what lengths he would go to for the woman he is madly in love with. He really would go to the end of the Earth and back if that's what he needed to do. That's what you want in a love interest in a story. You want him to cherish the woman and not necessarily put her on a pedestal but worship her enough to do what needs to be done, even when what needs to be done isn't particularly a nice thing.
So, have I rambled enough? Probably! Should I say more? I don't know. Jennifer has created the perfect characters, whether good guy or bad. She knows just what to do to press every emotional button I have. There is this perfect balance that she achieves and I am in awe of that fact. As an Indie Author myself, if I could aspire to be any author, it would come down to a select few and Jennifer would be amongst them.
I am really excited to see how everything ends in Sentinel. It's probably the one book I am most looking forward to reading. I know it will be an action packed, fast-paced, thrill of a ride. All I can say is, bring it on Jen. I can't wait to see what's in store to make the series go out with a bang!
Thank you Spencer Hill Press for being awesome and sending me an ARC of this brilliant book. Thank you Jennifer for creating the Covenant series. I am glad I took a chance on a book with a pretty cover when I first saw Daimon on Amazon. I had no clue what I was letting myself in for, but I love the results....more
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! (and would give it more if it was possible)
You know what? This book left me speechless! I could not think of a wordI give this book 5 out of 5 stars! (and would give it more if it was possible)
You know what? This book left me speechless! I could not think of a word to describe it accurately. So I left it a while, and came back to write this review.
I asked myself: Is it awesome? Yeah sure. Is it brilliant? Without a doubt. Is it breath-taking? Definitely! Is it captivating? Entirely. I could not stop devouring the words on the page. The thing is, it was all of these things and more. I cannot think of enough words to describe LOVE IS FEAR. This book is the sequel to LOVE IS DARKNESS (yes I have also reviewed and loved that one!). It is not a YA book. It isn't even entirely Adult Fiction. I also believe it is part erotica. It certainly has some beautifully written sex scenes in it. Not the most explicit, but what you conjure up in your imagination upon reading these words is mindblowing!
Upon finishing reading LOVE IS DARKNESS (Valerie Dearborn #1), I was absolutely dying to read LOVE IS FEAR. I felt so compelled by Caroline Hanson's words, I was absolutely chomping at the bit for the next installment. Well, I finally got to read it, and I can definitely say, the only bad thing about this book was the fact it had to end.
How to describe this book? I'm not sure I can do that accurately, but I will try.
I already said that is isn't YA Fiction. That's the truth of it. So I shouldn't compare it to anything YA, yet I feel one comparison is a must. If you strip back your typical YA book to the very bones of it, you will usually discover that is is basically a love story. The meat of the story is what makes them unique. The way the author weaves their words to create their world, so that you as the reader enjoy their book for what it is. Whether the genre is Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural or what have you, the base is in romance.. They want you to fall in love with their characters. They put them through trials and tribulations, yet in the end, the good guy wins the heart of the heroine (as well as the reader). I mean no disrespect in this, I love a good YA book to settle into. It's just that the same simply cannot be said for LOVE IS FEAR. If you were to strip this book back to it's bones, you would find a story made up of lust, love, loss, greed, fear, jealousy, betrayal, compulsion, and I mean these feelings as primal instincts. Yes, there is a good guy, a bad guy, a heroine, a rival, and of course the bad guys that they all want to get away from. But at it's very heart, this book is unlike anything you have ever read before.
I actually hasten to give any details about the story itself, as I fear I would give it away. I don't want to ruin your enjoyment of it based upon my review. I want you to go in with your eyes wide open, though you will never see what's coming. Just when you think you have it sussed, Caroline adds twists and turns that you just don't see coming. She puts Valerie, Jack, Lucas and Rachel through such trials and tribulations, testing their boundaries and pushing them to breaking point.
LOVE IS FEAR is a beautifully written, gritty, compelling story. I said in my review of LOVE IS DARKNESS that it had the makings of a bestseller, and Caroline of a best-selling author. Well if I thought that before, I am now 110% sure in my conviction. The passion Caroline has so obviously written this story with will set your heart and soul on fire. At one point, I was not sure if I was routing for the good guy, the bad guy or both. All I know is, what I expected of the story was blown out of the water. It far surpassed my expectations of it, and let me tell you my expectations weren't limited.
I truly believe that an author like Caroline and a story such as this are set to take the literary world by storm. If it doesn't, then I guess I will be left shell-shocked and will probably reassess everyting I feel about reading. I cannot even start to do this book justice in my review, but if I can embibe even part of the passion I feel of it onto at least 1 reader, then I have done what I can.
I'm sorry if you were looking for a review with a summary of the story and saying yes I really liked this book. I feel if I tried to sum it up, I wouldn't do it without giving too much of the game away. I really, truly believe that you need to discover it for yourself.
So, go buy LOVE IS FEAR. If you haven't already done so, buy LOVE IS DARKNESS too, and settle in for a tumultuous ride. It is one hell of a roller-coaster, and I for one am desperate for the 3rd installment. If book 3 lives up to it's predecessors, it too will be the ride of a lifetime. One you never want to get off. ...more