I grabbed this book from my bookshelf yesterday and as soon as I got started, knew that it was going to be a fast read. And I wasn't wrong. I got swep...moreI grabbed this book from my bookshelf yesterday and as soon as I got started, knew that it was going to be a fast read. And I wasn't wrong. I got swept away with the story instantly. Deirdre's voice was smooth, melodic, and she totally dragged me into her story... which happpened to be amazing!
Not only is the plot for this book an intriguing work of art, but the characters were deep and felt incredibly real in a world of very unreal creatures. I loved every minute of this story, and the emotional connection between Deirdre and Luke helped to make this story shine.
I love reading tales about faeries, and this one was fantastic! Oh, and the actual book is lovely. The artwork within the book - as well as the cover and the inside of the cover - is gorgeous! Seriously, I loved everything about this book. *sigh* (less)
On Wednesday, I received this awesome package from Bloomsbury Australia. Inside was the ARC for an upcoming YA book that sounded intriguing.
So, yeste...moreOn Wednesday, I received this awesome package from Bloomsbury Australia. Inside was the ARC for an upcoming YA book that sounded intriguing.
So, yesterday morning, I grabbed it with the intention of reading the first chapter to see what it was like... I ended up reading the whole thing before bedtime. Yep. It totally hooked me as soon as I started.
Apollinia Apostolopoulou, or Apple as everyone calls her, doesn't like Christmas. It always reminds her of the Christmas Eve when her mother left and never came back. Although she hates the season, she foolishly hopes that her mother will one day return during Christmastime. Of course, it never happens so she goes through the motions with her Nana and father every year. Even if she hates her stepmother.
Apple leads a sheltered life. Her grandmother doesn't let her go anywhere on her own, and even picks her up from school even though she's in Year 8. So when her mother actually appears out of nowhere one day, telling Apple that she's come back to England for good, she can't believe it. She wants to spend as much time as she can with Mum, even if Nana is sceptical about her daughter's return.
When things start falling apart--Nana doesn't approve of Mum trying to take Apple away, and her best friend leaves her behind for someone else--Apple decides she wants to live with her Mum.
However, as soon as she moves in she discovers a house almost devoid of furniture and a room with bunk beds. One of those beds happens to be for a 10-year-old girl. Rain is Apple's half-sister and she's a little weird. For starters, she still carries around a doll she's convinced is a real baby. This habit means she gets into fights at school. What's worse is that Mum actually encourages Rain's fiction, hoping the phase will pass by keeping her at home from school.
At first, Apple doesn't mind the imperfect conditions of living with her mother and sister, because all she cares about is her biggest wish coming true. She's always longed to have her mother back and now that she is, nothing is going to spoil her return. Even though Mum keeps having parties, and then starts taking off for auditions and meetings, leaving Apple to look after Rain. But she doesn't mind, and looks after her sister. Even when it means she too starts skipping school.
But when disaster strikes, Apple realises she's just a glorified babysitter/cook/cleaner for a woman who clearly has no real sense of responsibility.
I loved this sad, yet hopeful story about a young girl who is so excited to have her estranged mother back that she's willing to do whatever it takes to keep her happy. Even turning her back on the loving grandmother who raised her. It's heartbreaking to watch Apple's unconditional love towards the woman who abandoned her, and even now has come back because she has ulterior motives. It's not that her mother is evil, just that her priorities are askew and her whole life driven by her desire to be an actress.
Apple goes from a life of being constantly monitored by her grandmother, to becoming the adult of the house and all the responsibilities that entails. While she loses an important friendship, she gains two much more important ones: Rain and Del. Her younger sister has issues and is in desperate need of proper care and attention, and they soon become close while finding comfort in poetry. And the quirky new boy in school turns out to be a lot more than just comic relief.
Apple and Rain is a wonderful, heartbreaking coming-of-age story about unconditional love and the strength of a young girl willing to do whatever it takes to keep her family together. But it's not all sadness and heart-wrenching pain, there are also moments of pure delight and happiness.
This is a book that I told my daughter about ages ago. So when I received it and she asked me if we could read it together, I liked the idea. As soon...moreThis is a book that I told my daughter about ages ago. So when I received it and she asked me if we could read it together, I liked the idea. As soon as I got started we were both captivated by the Oakenfolk. We couldn't wait to uncover their secrets and enjoyed the adventure with Knife, Paul, and the other faeries.
There's something really special about this book. Something that makes every word almost magical, as if my daughter and I had been temporarily transported into Knife's world and didn't want to leave.
The Oakenfolk live in our world, inside an Oak tree. These tiny faeries also lead lives that are shrouded by secrets that keeps them from using any magic, or wandering Outside. But when the strong-willed and very stubborn Knife becomes a Hunter and crosses paths with a human named Paul, she becomes curious about him. He's a boy with a very human problem--an accident put him in a wheelchair and has stolen all hope from his life.
Together, the faery and the human strike up an unusual but very strong friendship. One that helps them overcome their own personal problems and brings them closer together as they uncover secrets the Queen keeps hidden. Of course, not all is as it seems. The truth sometimes appears one way but is actually another.
This is a book that can be enjoyed by kids, teens and adults. There's a bit of everything: mystery, interesting characters, danger, strong friendships, adventure, magic, romance, and a wonderful, imaginative world. The interaction between Knife and Paul was heart-wrenching and the story keeps you guessing until the last word.
Knife is a beautifully written, charming story that captivates the reader. It's a tale about lost magic, love, and how secrets can force a whole generation to lose a special part of who they really are. I absolutely loved this tale and can't wait for the next one. Actually, neither can my daughter. lol.(less)
For once, I'm actually reading a book after watching the movie. Of course, the first time I watched this movie was a while ago, but still. I loved it...moreFor once, I'm actually reading a book after watching the movie. Of course, the first time I watched this movie was a while ago, but still. I loved it so much that every now and then I think about it. Besides, Hayao Miyazaki rocks, and we've pretty much seen every movie he's ever made. He has an awesome imagination, and is able to sweep me off my feet with every one of his movies. Love 'em!
Anyway, let's get on with the book...
I expected the book to be different to the movie, and it is. Still, it has the same enchanted feel as the movie. Howl is still alluring, mysterious and kept me guessing, wanting to know more about him. Sophie is still innocent, lovely and kind-hearted. Michael's still loyal. Calcifer the fire demon was an amazing creation who keeps the castle moving. Actually, he also keeps it together.
Sophie Hatter lives in the land of Ingary and makes the most wonderful hats in the town of Market Chipping. She's also the eldest and has two sisters. After her father dies, her step-mother takes over the store and soon sends the two youngest sisters away to apprentice with other people (one in a bakery, the other with a witch) so there's no financial strain, but keeps Sophie in the hat shop. After all, she makes the best hats in town and the business is soon booming. But neither of Sophie's sisters are happy with their chosen fortunes and devise a plan in which they will be able to do what they really want to do, while encouraging Sophie to do the same.
Yet, it's not until the Witch of the Waste pays Sophie a visit and places a curse on her that Sophie's forced to find her own fortune. She might not know why the witch singled her out, but she's no longer a young girl. She's been transformed into an old woman who seeks out a place to belong. She just never expected that Howl's Moving Castle would be that place. Everyone knows Howl chases young girls to steal their hearts and souls. There are many other horrible tales about what the wizard does to young girls, but the more time she spends in the castle, the more she realises that he's something else.
She wants to stay a while and then move on, but with Michael and Calcifer--she made a deal with the fire demon in hopes of ending her curse--around, she soon finds herself a place in the world. Especially since Howl doesn't seem to mind either way if she lives there or not. Though her constant cleaning drives him crazy and makes for some really funny and entertaining scenes.
As the days go by, Sophie gets more involved in Howl's affairs, and much more connected to him than she ever expect to be... I loved the Castle and the interwoven story. I loved how both of Sophie's sisters are included in the story, and how everything comes undone for the wicked Witch.
I absolutely adored this book! This story is wonderful, exciting, and told in a way that totally hooked me from the very beginning. What an awesome story!
Oh, and because I enjoyed it so much, we also watched the movie afterwards. :)(less)
I've got the first book in this series on my bookshelf, but when I grabbed a free copy of this prequel for my Kindle, I thought I'd start here.
Emma Mo...moreI've got the first book in this series on my bookshelf, but when I grabbed a free copy of this prequel for my Kindle, I thought I'd start here.
Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren who was cursed by Demeter because she couldn't save Persephone. She's also an FBI agent who investigates missing persons cases.
When she goes to Charleston to help find a missing boy, she meets fellow agent Zack Armstrong. As soon as they meet she can tell he's a werewolf. He's also good at his job, and a total hottie. No matter how hard she tries to avoid the attraction, she can't pretend it's not there. But she can concentrate on her mission. She wants redemption, and this is her way of getting closer to it.
The little boy who's missing isn't the first one. Two more were abducted, but they were found dead. Emma and Zack have limited time to solve the case, but no matter how many questions they ask or how many times they interview the parents, they struggle to figure out what's going on.
Together, they push on because if they don't, another innocent child will be drowned...
I loved this novella! Not only was it fast-paced and hooked me in from the beginning, but I loved Emma and Zack. The mutual attraction is strong, and their separate secrets intriguing. I also love the addition of Greek mythology, and can't wait to find out more about Emma's former existence.
Looking forward to reading the first book! :)(less)
The story starts with an amazing scene inside an asylum, and everything takes off from there. It hooked me in right away.
Gin Blanco is a cold-hearted assassin, known as the Spider. Well, everyone thinks she's cold-hearted because she has quite the reputation of being a killer, and is feared by many of the lowlives in Ashland. Which works out great for her, because she's great at what she does. Yet, she's not the cold woman most assume she is. She just knows how to show the world what she has to, and how to keep emotions hidden, because of what happened to her in the past.
Oh, and she's also a Stone elemental, with a little ice magic thrown in the mix.
I enjoyed every single moment of this fast-paced, and dangerous story. The twists and turns were fantastic. This world of elementals, corruption, and backstabbing is dangerous and dark, just like the location. Ashland is filled with danger and dangerous people who have access to some serious magic. The cast of characters was also intriguing, and I can't wait to read more about them! No wonder I've already ordered the second book in the series. ;)
But what I really loved the most about this book was Gin--her heartbreaking past, her loyalty to the man who got her off the streets, and her determination to right wrongs.
I also liked her relationship with her mentor, Fletcher. I liked her sibling-like relationship with Finn. And I absolutely loved her sizzling interactions with the detective, Donovan Caine. Yikes! Who would've thought so many sparks could fly between them, huh? I can't wait to see how their relationship develops throughout the series.
Man, judging by the introduction to this world--this is going to be one kick-ass, and very addictive series! I can't wait to see what happens next... (less)
I was expecting those new people to make trouble by letting Negan out, but Ha, ha they saw right through his stupid...moreOoh. This was another great issue!
I was expecting those new people to make trouble by letting Negan out, but Ha, ha they saw right through his stupid act. What a moron. I hope he rots in that cell. Although I would much prefer it if Rick finally finished him off. ;)
Maggie named her and Glen's son Hershel. How sweet. I enjoyed catching up with her, she seems like a real strong leader. Too bad things didn't turn out how Carl expected them to. Wonder what he's going to pursue now? Will he stay or go back with his Dad? Looking forward to finding out.
And what's this about the dead whispering? O.o(less)
I got totally sucked into Morgan's world. Yikes! The poor thing, I feel exhausted just reading about all the stuff thrown her way. Lots of probs and n...moreI got totally sucked into Morgan's world. Yikes! The poor thing, I feel exhausted just reading about all the stuff thrown her way. Lots of probs and new characters in this installment. So it looks like this is going to be a long series. Or maybe I'm just hoping that it ends up being a long series because I LOVE it so darn much!
No need to tell you what the book's about because that's posted up above, but I do need to tell you that it was a fantastic, awesome read and that I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy. No. Actually, I recommend it to anyone who likes reading. :D
I picked this up on Saturday during Free Comic Book Day, and was looking forward to checking it out...
So I grabbed it this afternoon and read it in on...moreI picked this up on Saturday during Free Comic Book Day, and was looking forward to checking it out...
So I grabbed it this afternoon and read it in one sitting. It's Tony Stark trying to find someone to represent the Avengers with the Guardians of the Galaxy. So he's telling a soldier all about each Guardian. And that's when we meet them: the 'Mostly Human' Peter Quill, Drax the Destroyer, the 'Not-Raccoon' Rocket, the 'Most Dangerous Woman in the Galaxy' Gamora, and 'Basically a Tree' Groot.
That's quite a team! And the gorgeous artwork proves it.
Oh, and I really (really) enjoyed the twist at the end. I love what I've been reading about the Guardians of the Galaxy so far...can't wait to watch the movie!
THANOS: The Infinity Revelation was okay. And The Amazing Spider #1.1 was just silly. LOL.
The rating is for the Guardians comic book. ;)(less)
**spoiler alert** Corine is a handler, but seeing the history of inanimate objects is no fun. It's also painful, and in this book takes on a whole new...more**spoiler alert** Corine is a handler, but seeing the history of inanimate objects is no fun. It's also painful, and in this book takes on a whole new physical and mental toll on her. It's almost as if returning to the one place where it all began is somehow morphing her ability. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
In Blue Diablo, Chance agreed to help Corine return to the small town where her mother was killed in exchange for helping him find his mother. So that's where this book starts. Chance and Corine are headed towards the small town of Kilmer, Georgia. And as soon as they get within the place, they discover a badly hurt and dying dog on the road. Probably an omen of what's ahead, but Corine's not one to give up so easily. Once she's determined, she follows things through to the end. No matter what the cost.
As soon as they get to Kilmer and get a room at the only Inn, it becomes obvious that something isn't quite right in this town. There's something creepy and isolated about this place, and Chance's luck has disappeared for some reason. Not to mention that they soon realise that not only are people not willing to talk about the strangeness that exists around them, but someone wants to kill Corine.
The more they investigate, the more they realise things are awry in Kilmer and that there are some very old and dark secrets being kept. So with the help of a teenage girl called Shannon, who has a Gift of her own that involves dead people and a radio, as well as Jesse who rushes over as soon as he feels an inkling of Corine's distress, they slowly start to unravel the mystery of what happened to Corine's mother, who was responsible for her death, and why townpeople seem to disappear so frequently. Oh, and that something really scary lives out in the woods.
I once again found myself totally lost in the danger, mystery, and mayhem going on around Corine. She seems to be a magnet to trouble, but returning to this wicked town changes her in several very important ways. Ways that I know will come back to haunt her later on. And you know what? I can't wait to read about them. lol.
This installment is filled with awesome, deep characters that you just can't help but like. I really enjoy seeing Chance and Jesse again. Shannon's a nice addition that I can't wait to find out more about. Booke's as mysterious and insightful as ever, helping her along in his own uncanny way. And Butch is a cutie. I'm really starting to think that he's much more than just a cute chihuahua with a sixth sense.
Hell Fire is another well-written, engrossing book that grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go. The pace slows down a little, which is fitting to the location, but there's never a dull moment. As a reader, you just don't get a chance to take a breath, as you find yourself struggling along with Corine's plight. Every moment is filled with some sort of intensity that I'm finding addictive.(less)
This is another comic book I picked up at a local comic book store last weekend. It features Rocket Raccoon, so I was looking forward to checking out...moreThis is another comic book I picked up at a local comic book store last weekend. It features Rocket Raccoon, so I was looking forward to checking out one of his solo adventures...
And it doesn't disappoint! Rocket and his crew are grabbed by a bigger ship because they assume the ship's abandoned, but the bunnies get a whole lot of trouble when Rocket & Groot go nuts on them. See, they have their own mission...
This was a fast, fun story that I really enjoyed because all of the characters are some sort of talking animal IN SPACE. Which is super cool! And I love how he turns out to be quite honorable.
There's also a Warrior Princess and a Walrus Techie. Gotta love that. And Groot. Love Groot. :) Oh, plus the artwork is awesome!
I didn't bother reading Space Oddities because Spider-Man in space... o.O And those little green aliens remind me too much of my fave Aliens in Toy Story.
Hubby borrowed this from the library and because we're both fans of the Sandman, I wanted to read it too. Glad that I did.
This is an interesting Japan...moreHubby borrowed this from the library and because we're both fans of the Sandman, I wanted to read it too. Glad that I did.
This is an interesting Japanese story about a fox spirit and a monk. It really was a lovely tale of love and respect for fellow living things, as well as the complete opposite. A couple willing to die for each other, and the ultimate opposition being a selfish, greedy man willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants.
I loved this! It's just sad that in the end, the fox got exactly what she wanted at the beginning...(less)
In spite of this instalment being a slow and kinda breezy one, I quite enjoyed it. I like how Rick is giving Carl the independence he wants, and their...moreIn spite of this instalment being a slow and kinda breezy one, I quite enjoyed it. I like how Rick is giving Carl the independence he wants, and their casual conversation about a girl was so normal, I almost believed that things were going to be okay.
Then the patrol guy screwed up and we got to see how Rick keeps his people in line.
And those new idiots had to go and be nosy, didn't they? Ugh.
I knew Rick should've killed that Negan bastard when he had the chance. Looks like we're headed onto that horrible path again... :/(less)
After finishing the third book in this great series, I decided to read this shortie. And it turned out to be a LOT of fun. I love Maurice the Closet M...moreAfter finishing the third book in this great series, I decided to read this shortie. And it turned out to be a LOT of fun. I love Maurice the Closet Monster, so it was great to see just how efficient he is while Zoey is at work and he's home alone.
He's a busy monster! Keeping the house clean and preparing delicious meals isn't the only thing Maurice does all day. He's also a bit of a hero, and very (very) helpful. Actually, I reckon he deserves some kind of community service award because he's so helpful. But see, that's what happens when you're a real hero... No one actually knows exactly how much you do, and you certainly don't brag about it.
I also enjoyed seeing Silas the pooka again. And what was going on with the human neighbours cracked me up. :)
Now I'm ready to read the next book when it comes out.(less)
After reading Blood Engines last week, I was looking forward to getting stuck into more Marla Mason stories. I've already ordered the paperbacks of th...moreAfter reading Blood Engines last week, I was looking forward to getting stuck into more Marla Mason stories. I've already ordered the paperbacks of the next three books, but found this prequel for free at the author's website and got hooked right away.
This is an excellent origin story.
It starts when Marla is sixteen and has recently arrived in the city of Felport after escaping a rough childhood. In this city she meets Jenny and they become friends, which soon leads her to the seemingly pervy Artie. But Artie isn't what he seems, and before long Marla gets swept away in a hidden world of magic, sorcerers, and mayhem. It also covers her rise to the top and why she seems so detached when it comes to relationships. Oh, and we find out why she was so close to Lao Tsung, which was very cool!
I found her love story with Daniel touching, and heartbreaking. Not to mention how cool it was to read about when she found the cloak (or did the cloak find her?) and first discovered what it could do when she met a young boy called Rondeau.
Yeah, this is an excellent short novel that just makes me want to read more and more Marla stories. She's an interesting and mysterious character, so it was awesome to read about some of the things that shape the tough woman she becomes.
I loved it!
BTW, if you're interested in checking it out, you can HERE. (less)
I found out about this book because my daughter was interested in reading Green Angel. I searched here on Goodreads and to my surprise--and excitement...moreI found out about this book because my daughter was interested in reading Green Angel. I searched here on Goodreads and to my surprise--and excitement--found there was a sequel. Then I found it at the local library and just had to borrow it.
My daughter actually read it before me, and she told me it was lovely. I picked it up yesterday and read it in a few sittings... and she was right. This is another beautiful, haunting, heart-breaking story about Green. She lost everything a year ago, but is now rebuilding her life. Still, she longs for the boy she loves and sets out on a wondrous quest...
This is another wonderfully-written story by Alice Hoffman. She certainly has a way with words, and can convey so much emotion in just one sentence. Her stories always touch my heart, so I'm going to have to go out of my way to read more of them. She's a brilliant storyteller.
This passage from the book is about love, and it truly is amazing:
"You have to be willing to give everything away. You have to be willing to end up with nothing.
Only then will your heart be whole."
Last night, I ordered Green Heart, which actually contains both books. Can't wait to receive it. :) (less)
Every time I sat down to read a little more of KGtW, I became totally engrossed. There was so much going on, but everything happens with some very nic...moreEvery time I sat down to read a little more of KGtW, I became totally engrossed. There was so much going on, but everything happens with some very nice pacing and revelation. Lots of cool new stuff in here. And some carried over from the first book. I loved that she was somewhere else... especially a place where so much was going on.
The array of new characters were fantastic! I loved Alette and Ahmed... and Luis! I hope he's in the next one. We need to find out more about him! The Crescent was a nice touch too... and I loved the way everything worked out. Not neccesarily all happy and sunshine, but when is life like that anyway?
This book is even better than the first one in the series -- and I loved that one! So if you're into paranormal, urban fantasy kinda stories, you've just gotta check Kitty out!
There was a nice surprise at the end of the book too -- a free short story called Kitty Meets the Band. It was a blast! So funny and groovy. Go on... grab yourself a copy! ;)(less)
I loved the first two Kitty books, so I'm not surprised that I loved this one as well. There's a lot going on, and I loved that she got to spend some...moreI loved the first two Kitty books, so I'm not surprised that I loved this one as well. There's a lot going on, and I loved that she got to spend some time with Cormac and Ben. Very surprised with the events that took place in this novel and I can't wait to see what Carrie Vaughn does next with the series. See where she takes Kitty...
Well, I know she goes back to Denver in the next book to face her old pack... so that's definitely something worth checking out.
Kitty's a fantastic character. I've been very lucky with my reading choices lately and I hope the streak continues too. What a fabulous book this was! Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!!(less)
This is the fourth Anna Strong book. Man, do I love this series! It's totally engrossing and kick ass. Anna's one tough vamp. I love her cocky attitud...moreThis is the fourth Anna Strong book. Man, do I love this series! It's totally engrossing and kick ass. Anna's one tough vamp. I love her cocky attitude - with a little thread of fear and vulnerability beneath it all.
A lot has changed for her in this book, and she gets herself caught up in an ordeal she never expected - helping Gloria. David's girlfriend and Anna have never seen eye-to-eye, but now she needs Anna's help to prove her innocence. And boy, what a ride!
Loved it! Kept me guessing until the end. Enjoyed the werewolf stuff, too. Love the little twist. Both of the supernatural and human kind. Wonder how France is going to get worked into future books. Okay, that's it. I can't say anymore without adding spoilers. ;)
Just check it out for yourself. Jeanne's an awesome author! (less)
You all know I love vampires, right? And well, Rachel Caine's awesome! So, I've had the first three books in the Morganville Vampires series for a whi...moreYou all know I love vampires, right? And well, Rachel Caine's awesome! So, I've had the first three books in the Morganville Vampires series for a while now. And I really wanted to get stuck into a YA, for a change. It's completely different to what I'm writing at the moment, which I find is (always) essential when I write a first draft. It's that, or not read at all. And well, I wanna read. ;) Anyway, this book is awesome. I love Claire, Eve, Shane and Michael. What a nice bunch of kids. Okay, so they're a little quirky and live in a town run by vampires, but these four are so cool. They're really not afraid of anyone, or anything. Sure, they get scared but never back down. Love it! And the bitch in this book, Monica... man, you just wanna scratch her eyes out. I loved the plot. Lotsa twists and turns. And you know, when I got to the end, I just had to start the next one right away. The end was a little bit of a cliffhanger.
Still, awesome book! Can't wait to find out more about this strange place...