4½ Out of 5 Stars Josie's seventeenth birthday sucks – latest in a line of suckiness. Her dad's vanished. Her boyfriend broke up with her. An awesome i4½ Out of 5 Stars Josie's seventeenth birthday sucks – latest in a line of suckiness. Her dad's vanished. Her boyfriend broke up with her. An awesome interning job fell through. Her mom's being super protective. And she's now the age her brother was when he died. All in all, a great day. Not. But also... things keep happening. Things that don't make sense... And then a total hottie rolls up to school on a motor bike, sporting a tattoo just like Josie's brother had... The hottie is called Reid. He's come to drop a huge bomb. Josie has powers. She's in danger. Bad guys are gunning for her. Her life has been a lie. Oh, and he's got to train her quickly – as in, before it's too late and war starts. No pressure there. I mean, where are the Avengers when you need them...? I saw Anomaly on NetGalley and instantly thought: gots to have it! From the moment I began reading, I fell totally and utterly in love. This book... Holy Thor! It was freaking amazing. I was just instantly hooked! Anomaly was hilarious, exciting, action-packed and full of brilliant nerdy references. Many of its elements weren't stunningly original (nerdy lead girl, former crush, snarkiness, hotness, sci-fi stuff), but when put all together, along with a whole load of awesome, the result meant Anomaly was just stunning. It was so much fun and I loved every single second of it. I seriously cannot recommend Anomaly enough! Now, when dealing with awesomeness, start with the awesome characters. And Josie was awesome. She was nerdy, funny, clever and, if you haven't gathered by this point, awesome. Her Star Trek, Star Wars, Big Bang Theory and Marvel comics references killed me every time. I also loved her "I was just wired to be weird" – the girl had some brilliant snark! Her reaction to what she really was felt so utterly believable and realistic – I mean, who deals with 'you're not quite human' and 'your life's a lie' with a happy grin? She was brilliant and so was her development! Reid was amazing too – and totally crushworthy! He, too, was snarky and funny – but he was serious and motivated too. And badass – do not forget the badassness of Reid! He was just amazing. Oh, and Rosie (Jeid?) was perfect too! They were so cute, so hot and so brilliant. I loved seeing the two of them together and just loved them! I loved Josie's best friend Hannah as well – she was the perfect counterpoint to Oculi craziness and was really sweet and funny. And Santos killed me too! Oh, and I loved that Josie's mom had to use a cane, but that she hated any help. She didn't want to be treated like she was incapable, like all disabled people (well, unless the hill is really steep...) Go Mrs H! Well, not really. Mrs H was also rather cold and rational. I was very torn about Mom… But the writing was perfect. Split between Reid and Josie, the action was non-stop and also funny as hell! I loved getting both sides of the story – loved Josie's nerdiness and Reid's badassness. Together, it was like the perfect little mix for my bookish loves! I mean, all those geeky/dorky references... it was like dying and ending up on the Enterprise (not really, since I'm not really into Star Trek, but the dorkiness of the statement seemed fitting). Seriously, all I needed was the mention of D&D or Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizards, Spock and I literally would've been on geekdom cloud nine! And damn this plot was good! I mean, oh my Star Lord! It was fast-paced, exciting, unpredictable, and awesome. I read this book in one sitting – that good! I was just so hooked and so desperate to know what would happen next! I may have seen a few plot twists coming, but there were so very many twists and turns that I was always, always hooked and on the edge of my seat. I cannot wait for the next book in the series! I need it so badly! As for this world... Oh. My. Thor! It was so cool! The whole sci-fi edge to the paranormal aspects just blew me away. Everything felt so real – I mean, there was all kinds of science-talk, as well as mentions of scientists – all of which made these unbelievable acts of projection seem, well, believable. And man do I want to be Oculi! Oh, how I hearted Anomaly! It was the perfect book to just sit and read (preferably in a single sitting) and then gush about afterwards. I’m recommending it to all sci-fi, paranormal and Marvel lovers out there – this is not one to miss! It’s just the most amazing, nerd-a-licious, exciting, thrilling, fun book to read and I shall be desperately waiting for my second hit of the Schrodinger’s Consortium series! ...more
This... The Dying Of The Light was amazing. It broke my heart about a million times, made me laugh, and amazed me from start to finish. Derek Landy isThis... The Dying Of The Light was amazing. It broke my heart about a million times, made me laugh, and amazed me from start to finish. Derek Landy is evil, though. A genius, but evil. And... OK, I have so many feels for this... I'll try to get my thoughts straight and then I'll do a proper review. It will be fangirly, excited and adoring. Might as well finish SP as we began, right?...more
"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die..." In a land that is dangerous and unpredictable, the Iron Throne is coveted by all. In a land w"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die..." In a land that is dangerous and unpredictable, the Iron Throne is coveted by all. In a land where no one can be trusted and allegiances change in a heartbeat, to play the Game of Thrones could mean death. But none of them have a choice: the game has already begun and each already have their part to play.... Ok, so since I mostly review YA and children’s books on this site, I'll -needlessly, I'm sure - point out that A Song Of Ice And Fire is NOT a children’s series. Hell, at times, I wondered if I was old enough to read it! But yeah. Just thought I'd state that for any of my younger readers... Moving on... I've been meaning to read and then watch the Game of Thrones series for ages. Finally, after my exams, I thought: What the hell? So I picked up my - very substantial - copy. It took me a few chapters to really get into the book - and about three times that long to get all the family names straight in my head! But pretty damn soon, I was completely hooked. I don't really know what it is about this book, but it is freaking additive. However, I don't know if my heart was made for books like this. I have a habit of getting attached to characters: a habit I'm sure will kill me if I continue it with the Song Of Ice And Fire series. I just couldn't help it: I could feel myself getting attached to these characters and I just knew I'd most likely be crushed sooner or layer - probably sooner, given Martin's notorious reputation of character-killing... And so I was crushed. Just as I'd start to really love a character, bam! Bye bye. Dead. Gone. But I didn't learn - I don't think I'll ever learn!
And so, because I'm a glutton to punishment, I did have favourites. Arya was obviously one of them: that kid is badass. I loved Eddard: he was the most noble person in the whole damn book. Jon, his illegitimate son, was brilliant too - as was his middle son, Bran, who was so brave. I really liked Dany as well: she was a sweet girl with a git of a brother. Tyrion may have been my favourite: that guy is awesome and so snarky! I don't care for Lannisters, but I'll make an exception for Tyrion! However, I have this dreadful, ominous, and most likely totally correct given the events of this first book, feeling that all the characters I love will die, and all the ones I hate will live... Le sigh... And I also fear for my favourite shippings: the two I loved quickly perished. Sigh. Not looking good for my heart, is it...? Now, I've heard some badish things about Martin's writing: that's it's mediocre. I actually rather liked it. Sure, it wasn't the most lyrical I've come across but it fit in perfectly with this world and these people. Plus, I'm all for any epic fantasy that doesn't read like J.R.R. Tolkien's dry and long books. I mean, all the gore and fighting and world building... it was phenomenal. Seriously. And so much easier and more fun to read than the likes of Lord Of The Rings. The plot... I was a little confused for a while. In fact, about half way in I wondered where this plot was going. I mean, sure, fights for the throne and all that, but... Let's just say, s*#t got real pretty soon. And people died. Like a lot. The slogan for Game Of Thrones should be: “No one was safe. No life was certain.” So yes, the plot was wonderfully complex yet also totally intriguing. I really enjoyed it. Oh, I've got to mention the world, because I adored it! The history was so rich and vivid it’s untrue. The extent of the story that Martin has created is incredible! I mean, I thought the epic fantasies I’d read were amazing, but A Song of Ice And Fire However, I wasn't so keen about the incest, sexism and misogynist views that were so present throughout the whole book. Saying this, though, given the kind of alternate-world time period the series is set in, I guess it was to be expected. I mean, look at all the stuff that went on during the War of the Roses: illegitimate kids, kings having orgies, people marrying their first cousins, etc. etc... I'm sure you get my drift. What I'm trying to say is that you can be annoyed about an aspect of the time period without it clouding your enjoyment of the book. And trust me when I say that it really didn't – ok, I may have rolled my eyes a little about how many times the word 'whore' was used throughout the story, but other than that, no real complaints. I mean, there were some kickass women in this book and they pretty much made up for it. So now we reach the end of my review. My feels for this book are so very hard to put into words. I really, really enjoyed A Game Of Thrones. It was… phenomenal. Totally just… I really don’t have the words! It was an amazing book and I can see why everyone is so obsessed. I’m totally obsessed now, too! I needed the next book the very moment I put A Game Of Thrones down! It is… epic. I have no better words than truly and utterly epic. So I’ll leave you all on that epic note and go and read A Clash Of Kings…...more