This book is told from two perspectives, like the previous two, and it worked perfectly once again. Quinn is the Drake man of the story, and his loveThis book is told from two perspectives, like the previous two, and it worked perfectly once again. Quinn is the Drake man of the story, and his love interest and main focus of the tale is Hunter Wild, a girl from a line of legendary Helios-Ra slayers. I remember Quinn from previous snippets of previous books, and always wrote him off as a bit too much of a womaniser and a little... selfish, I guess is the word I’d use. But from his first chapter I realised just how wrong I was: he was (like all his brothers) unbelievably protective of Solange, his baby sister, totally hot and so sweet it was untrue. And I swear he had me laughing from his more or less his first line. I actually had to hide my face in a pillow to keep from waking the house up (it was so addictive I couldn’t stop reading: I kept going past midnight). But, amazing a character as he undeniably is, he’s overshadowed by Hunter. She’s everything you want in a heroine: strong-willed, funny, totally independent and really compassionate. And I love the fact that she’s so committed to her duty, yet absolutely thrilled at the treaty between the Drakes and the hunters. I also love her name, it completely suits her. But mostly I like how she’s smart enough and brave enough to deal with the difficult subjects, and how she doesn’t need saving, even though she’s a human. I’m undecided who my favourite couple is – the previous two are in it, and there’s this scene with Lucy that had me crying with laughter – but these one is definitely another winner. How Alyxandra manages to create such brilliant people and such a brilliant world still manages to entrance me: I just love all of them, and can’t wait to see who the next book’s about, and to know more about all the “yummy” Drake boys. And even better about this book: although I saw a couple of the twists coming, there were ones I didn’t and a major one at the end which I definitely didn’t expect. It kept me guessing, laughing, addicted and reading. The only bad thing: it ended far too soon... and I have to wait a year until the next one. I’m certain it will absolutely be worth the wait though, and will be all the better for it: good things come to those that wait, right?...more
“Contrariwise... if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.” The quote says it all: the entire“Contrariwise... if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.” The quote says it all: the entire book is completely and utterly insanely upside-down. It is also, however, very funny and a good read for both children and adults. I absolutely adored it! Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was far more childlike and innocent compared to Through the Looking-Glass, which from the poem that comes before the actual book seems to be a far darker, more sinister story.... And, as it turns out, it was. Wonderland is beautiful and bizarre, at times so completely daft that it makes you laugh out loud. I love the character of Alice, the practical girl who finds herself speaking complete and utter nonsense after spending only a few minutes in the topsy-turvy world that is Wonderland. The only downside to the story: its far, far too short, being only eighty-odd pages. I could have gone on reading about the crazy talking animals and insane hatters and hares forever, and was actually sad and disappointed when I had finished it. Through the Looking-Glass has more of a story line than the first book, being all about how Alice enters yet another magical world through a mirror in her home and how once there tries to become queen through a real life game of chess where she’s a pawn. It has all the humour and madness of Wonderland, just with a slightly darker theme. It’s also longer, which is a very, very good thing in my opinion, as I love the craziness that are the worlds created by Carroll. However, I’d just like to mention that neither of the books are like the new Tim Burton film about Alice, although a mixture of the two are very similar to the orignal animated Disney film. All in all, one of my favourite mainly children’s classic, and very high up on my fave classics list. It was a fun read, and I felt right at home in the world Carroll created as I myself am completely bonkers. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone who wants to be amused.......more
I must admit, normally I don’t read alien-themed books, the only one really being Daniel X by James Patterson (which I loved, by the way). But this boI must admit, normally I don’t read alien-themed books, the only one really being Daniel X by James Patterson (which I loved, by the way). But this book had me gripped from the blurb, which is pretty impressive, as I tend not to like judging books by their covers. I absolutely loved I Am Number Four, and it had me reading well into the night. Everything about it was incredible, from the characters to the writing style, the battle scenes to the sweet romantic ones. It literally has everything, first love, loss, dramatic fights, alien beings with the most mind-blowing powers – called ‘Legacies’ – and the most evil super-aliens I’ve ever read about. The book revolves around Number Four, and how he begins to develop his Legacies so he can defeat the wicked Mogdorians and save his race, the Loriens. The Mogdorians destroyed the planet Lorien, after they had ruined their own from their own not-caring and ignorance. The Lorien people are beautiful, from the way they care for their planet and all on it, to the way they love: one partner forever, one true soulmate. Nine children and nine guardians escaped the planet during the destruction, Number Four being one of them, in the hope that they will eventually be able to return to their planet. Number Four was an incredibly strong character, and I loved the way he saw things and the way he wrote. He falls for the human Sarah, a sweet all-American girl, and the scenes between the two of them are really touching. Four’s guardian is Henri, a compassionate man who never really got over the loss of his home, and who loves Four more than anything. I must admit, I saw one of the twists coming before Four did, but there were loads I couldn’t predict. If I’d had time, I thing I would have been more than a little happy to sit down and read the three-hundred-and-sixty-odd paged book in one go. I really hope that there will be another book in the series out soon, as I would love to read more about the characters. This is a must-read for anyone who loves to be completely hooked from the word go, and even if you don’t normally like sci-fi novels, I would tell you to read it anyway. You will not be disappointed, and may even want to read more alien books. I’d say I Am Number Four is number one in my top-ten book-list of 2010, and is in my top-ten of all time. Quick afterword, the book is going to be released as a movie soon, and I think it will be one of the best films ever, if they stick to the book....more
These three books have everything: vampires, humour, romance, shapeshifters, zombies, time travel, alternate dimensions and Xander getting possessed bThese three books have everything: vampires, humour, romance, shapeshifters, zombies, time travel, alternate dimensions and Xander getting possessed by a past-life spirit – a young witch called Sarah. What’s not to love? The characters in the books are the ones from the series are captured by three different authors, and yet manage to stay the same all the way through. You really can get a sense of them, and know they’re the characters from the show. My favourite is Willow, I think, the strange, smart, quiet girl with a rather bizarre fashion sense and an obsession with her best friend Xander. Who I also love, a lot. He’s cute and goofy, and sarcastically funny, and just happens to have a huge crush on the third member of the ‘Scoobie gang’, Buffy. Buffy is a classic, let’s face it, the smart-mouth, butt-kicking Slayer, who kills with stakes with a side of witty comments. I love this series, but I am obsessed with all things vampire. Which brings me to Angel, Buffy’s love interest, the mysterious dark stranger with a secret... He has that brooding thing down to a fine art. I’d recommend this book, as it’s fun, easy to read, made me laugh and want to read on. It’s your classic feel-good book, only with a supernatural twist. I can’t wait to read the next bind up and for the third to come out! Oh, and a final thing, I love the cover, it’s far better than the ones for the single books, which are just pictures of the gang. They’re nice pictures, of course, but this cover’s so artistic and vampiric. Love it!...more
Have you ever read a book so beautiful it physically hurts? A book that has you laughing oWow. I really don’t know what else to say.
Well, maybe this:
Have you ever read a book so beautiful it physically hurts? A book that has you laughing one moment, crying the next? A book that makes you feel every single emotion the character does?
Delirium is that book.
As I read, I found my eyes were prickling with tears, even as I felt like smiling at some little thing in the plot. It’s left me with an ache, a longing, a need for the next in the series. I have to know what happens.
I’m not sure how to explain everything Delirium made me feel. All I can say is that all the emotions Lena felt, I felt. And, more importantly, they all felt real, like they were my own.
Plus, the whole world is extraordinary: Love is a disease: amor delirium nervosa. It’s something that has to be cured, eradicated no matter what. And everything is set for you – the government decides everything. They choose jobs, partners, whole lives, and you get no say. It’s a horrible world. No love: parents without emotions; no love for their children; some parents even killing their own child. There are raids, regulators, phone taps, always searching for the same thing: sympathizers, Invalids, love. And worse: you’re trapped. There’s America, and then there’s the Wilds, where sympathizers flee to, and Invalids live. It's forbidden, and you can get killed, even if there's only the smallest chance you're a sympathizer. And it’s just the fact that being in love, having feelings, makes you an “Invalid” that gets to me. I said it before and I’ll say it again: horrible.
The characters were absolutely unforgettable; I feel like I actually know all of them.
The book is told from Lena’s point of view, and I have to say the writing was beautiful. Lena started out as a good, perfect citizen, before slowly turning around into a rebel, breaking every rule. She was told from a young girl that without love, you’ll be safe, there will be no pain, and she longed for the day she’d be cured. But then, she began to realize the truth, and I really liked seeing how love changed everything for her, how she grew as a character. She’s so strong and brave – especially compared to how she was at the beginning – and by the end I loved her. Her past was intriguing, and it was something that had weighed heavily on her for all her life. It was pure genius from Lauren Oliver how she let everything slowly unfold, and I didn’t see any of it coming. The way Lena looks at everything was interesting - after all, in a world where ‘love’ is a killable offence, everything is completely different, and far more dangerous.
Alex... I fell in love with him. Of all the characters, he was the one that really jumped out at me. He was amazing, strong, beautiful, perfect. And his past was even more fascinating than Lena’s was – so much so that I found myself racing to find out more about him – about everyone. The love between him and Lena was stunning and pure: real. The bond they shared was just incredible, and so beautiful. I honestly believed in their love, unlike the romance in a lot of YA books nowadays.
I have to mention Lena’s friend Hana: she was truly the best friend a girl could ever have. I loved her sense of humour, her bravery, her loyalty. She’d do anything for Hana, and was even better for it. I think she must have been the one that made me laugh most.
Delirium was another emotional-rollercoaster, and so compelling I was up until three-something in the morning just so I could get to the end and know what would happen. Plus, the whole world was amazing, and so imaginative it’s untrue. A place without love? Who else has thought of that, who else has thought to use love as a disease? “The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it when you don’t.” No book I’ve ever read has spoken of love like that. It was so new, so unusual, so horrible, so real. I cried bucket loads during this book; the writing was so full of emotions it was almost overwhelming, but in a good way. The pace is perfect, the suspense grew with every chapter, and I literally sped through the book at break-neck speed.
I must have felt everything possible reading Delirium: love, fear, devastating sadness, chills, shock, scenes that were so touching I know they’re going to stay in my mind for a long time.
This whole book will stay with me, actually, and so will the characters. I’m praying for the next in the series, and am going to be counting down the days until it comes out. This is an amazing book that I honestly can’t recommend enough. This is a book for a “Have To Read” list.
Someone said that they mourned this book once they’d finished, and I finally understand why.
Zara’s father died, leaving her a lifeless shell. Her mother decides to send her to Maine, to her grandmother, to try and get her back. But once in MaZara’s father died, leaving her a lifeless shell. Her mother decides to send her to Maine, to her grandmother, to try and get her back. But once in Maine, Zara discovers that a man is following her, leaving behind a trail of golden dust. Is he something human, like a psycho stalker? Or should Zara believe her new friends? That the ‘man’ is, in fact, something otherworldly. Something that will not stop until he has Zara… This was a really new, inventive take on the faerie-pixie-were lore, a take I loved. The whole Shining Ones mythology was brilliant, and I really cannot wait to see more paranormal beings in future books. The writing was wonderful, the plot brilliant and the characters real. I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series takes me! Zara was a great lead! Kind, loving, brave and a pacifist, she had this habit – a quirk, really – of reciting phobias when she got nervous – something I found totally cute and really interesting. Plus I just loved her stubbornness, though it did make it slightly hard for to accept the blatantly obvious. She was just an overall great, quirky, cute, funny lead, and I loved being inside her head and seeing how she thought. Nick I also loved. He was just sweet, protective and strong; honestly, what more do you want? Overall amazing, and I loved his strength – I really could tell what Zara saw in him (‘cause I loved him too!). Zara’s new best-friend Issie had to be my favourite character. She was totally hyper, loving and just plain adorable! Basically, she was the exact kind of girl that I would love to be friends with. And their other friend, Devyn, was super-smart. When him and Issie were together – well, let’s just say they were so cute I could just die. And finally, Zara’s step-grandmother, Betty: I loved her! She was really strong and very protective of Zara – something I loved about her: how much she cared for Zara. For everyone. Now, admittedly I guessed a few of the twists, but there were others that completely befuddled me. Also, some of the characters’ reactions to certain revelations felt rather unrealistic. As did a few of the events leading up to those in the book… But, honestly, that didn’t matter to me. I was just addicted. There were great characters, the most amazing writing – writing that made me feel what was being described – plot, facts and an incredible twist on mythology. Addictive, descriptive, thrilling, amazing. I was left wanting – Needing – more. Thank goodness I have Captivate!...more
Starting at 7am, 29th March 2002, Before We Say Goodbye tells the story hour by hour, until, seven hours later, everything is changed... I’m honestly nStarting at 7am, 29th March 2002, Before We Say Goodbye tells the story hour by hour, until, seven hours later, everything is changed... I’m honestly not sure where to start this review. Before I Say Goodbye was absolutely amazing – but it was more than that. It really made me think, made me feel, and made me understand everything that has been going on between the Israeli and the Palestinians. I felt close to tears as I got nearer the end: it all seemed so real. And, you see, that’s the thing: Before I Say Goodbye is based on the true story of the suicide bombing of a supermarket in 2002. A story of two girls – one a Palestinian, one an Israeli Jewess – who look so similar that they’re ironically mistaken for sisters. The two girls couldn’t be more different, but they both have one thing in common: “lost eyes”... What makes this book even more incredible is the fact that it doesn’t judge. Gabriella Ambrosio somehow manages the impossible, remaining completely unbiased all the way through. She states in the Author’s Note: “Everyone warned me: if you write this story you’ll have to take sides, express a point of view. But a point of view is not a good point of view if it only shows one side of the story.” And I agree. Her book is a work of genius; it’s told from everyone’s point of view, and yet from no-one’s, taking us through everyone’s world, and yet judging none of them. How she managed to do this is completely beyond me: all I know is that I loved it. The only fault was the fact that to begin with, it was quite hard to keep track of all the characters. In every hour, there are little sections told from various characters points of view: Myriam’s, Dima’s, a guard’s, the girls’ fathers’, and so on. The saving grace for me was a little list of characters at the beginning of the book, but before long I didn’t have to go check who was who. Also it jumped from one to the other, just as I felt I was beginning to really get to know one character. But – even if it could be a little tricky – that jumping was what kept me hooked. It was what made me stay up until one, completely captivated by the two girls, their lives and their thoughts. The pace was lightening-fast – long chapters, sentences or a longer book just would’ve ruined the effect, in my opinion. I’ll be the first to tell you that this isn’t an easy book, and I almost smiled when I got to the end and saw that Ambrosio had written: “It was a challenge to write; it will be a challenge to read.” What made it harder was that the story actually happened, something I honestly didn’t find out until I finished the book and stumbled onto the Author’s Note. But, despite all of that, this was one of the best books I’ve read. It helped me to understand what people living in Jerusalem are going through, and how far some of them are willing to go so they can be heard. As I finished, I was fighting back tears – and losing – stunned by everything I’d learnt and felt. It isn’t an easy book, or a particularly happy one, but it really makes you think about and appreciate what you have. These two girls lived in a place where fear was pretty much always there, as a minor character points out right before the end. “We have become a violent people, that’s true. But when they’ve been pointing a gun at your chest since you were small and you’ve been subjected to abuse since you were born, what do they expect you to become, if not violent?” (And, yes, I cried at that, and about a billion other little quotes or actions throughout the book.) The two girls, Dima and Myriam, just felt so real to me, and I understood what they were feeling. I’m not going to begin to act like I get what it’s like, growing up in a country where you’re always scared, but I knew what these girls were thinking. So, no, not a happy book. But an amazing one, and one that will stay with me for a long time. I can’t tell you how it will make you think, but it will make you think, I promise that. My head’s still spinning. Honestly, I can’t recommend it enough. ...more
It’s Cassia Reyes’ seventeenth birthday, and she is just about to find out who her Match is, her perfect partner. He has been chosen for her by SocietIt’s Cassia Reyes’ seventeenth birthday, and she is just about to find out who her Match is, her perfect partner. He has been chosen for her by Society, and they are meant to be perfect for one another. Cassia is overjoyed by her Match: she can finally dream of him. Only, she doesn’t. And when she puts the chip that’s meant to contain his life, the face in the portscreen, she sees someone… someone who isn’t her Match. But… that’s impossible. No one can have two Matches, it’s just not possible. Isn’t it…? I love me some dystopia, so Matched really didn’t disappoint. The world was creepy. The citizens basically brainwashed. People fought back and fell in love with those they shouldn’t. It was a bit slow, but for some reason I couldn’t stop reading. I wanted to know how it would end; to see more of the world, the characters, the family love, the love triangle in particular. I just felt like I had to keep reading! Cassia was really imaginative, and actually quite cute! She was very organised, but also ever-so poetic, both in her mind and writing. The total trust she had in the Society creeped me out… but I liked that as the book went on, she became unsure, that there was a struggle, growth. And, boy was she lucky, having two such gorgeous guys. I felt sorry for her having to choose! (Though I know who I’d choose!) Cassia was really sentimental, brave and kind – and sort of a rebel! I really loved her, but I did want her to stand up more, to fight more… That was the biggest problem I had with her. Xander: I loved him! He was cute, adorably mischievous and very sure of himself... but in a totally irresistibly adorable way. And it was so obvious how much he loved Cassia, always wanted her to be happy. Plus: he was impatient to learn; so clever and so my kinda guy! Clever, attentive Xander, who would risk everything for Cassia… Steady, always listening, so loyal, so brave… Seriously, if Cassia doesn’t pick him, I will! I loved him to pieces! Ky Markham was sweet and kind, but he always kept to himself. Ky had perfected the art of being “exactly average”, of blending into the crowd. He was also creative, sensitive, sweet, a romantic. And he got Cassia: her need to remember the poems, her need to write. He’s lost so, so much… and though he was reckless he never forgot who and what he was… Cassia and Xander were perfect and too cute! They’d been best friends since they were children, so they had loads of adorable little habits, and were always teasing one another. They really did love one another: Their memories tied them to each other forever. Their bond just felt so real… Cassia and Ky, on the other hand, both had secrets that they shared only with one another; they really did know each other completely. And, I could feel the chemistry… But somehow it didn’t feel as real to me as Cassia and Xander’s. I don’t know why… The relationships between Cassia and her family were really sweet and strong; I could feel how much they loved each other. Both parents would do anything to protect their children and each other. The closeness and reality of the family life was really rather refreshing both in the Society and in other YA books – no disciplinarian parents with kids acting out against them here. The bond between Cassia and her brother Bram was really sweet too, with just the right amount of annoying one another and supporting one another. And Bram himself was incredible: he was so, so strong, and was able to fight back with words that made me just love the kid to pieces. Speaking of which, I have to mention Cassia’s Grandfather really quickly: he was her role model, the one she went to him for advice, and I thought their relationship was really special and unique. Her Grandfather himself was really kind and wise. He was also mischievous, always making jokes. He was just so strong, and wasn’t scared of anything: his own person with a mind of his own. And I think he may have been my favourite character… The plot wasn’t fast, it didn’t have me on the edge of my seat; I was just sucked into the world. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. And then… then I needed to know, I wanted to know more, and more and more. And even though it was rather slow, it wasn’t dull for me. I just love dystopias: they all have such clear (and often scary) messages. This one gave us a peek at a life without freedom, and it scared the life out of me. And, darkly enough, made me want to read more about it. Plus, the ending? If I didn’t already have Crossed, I think I may have gone mad. And I still have questions. So, so many questions… And the world in this book scared the life out of me. I mean, the Society chose everything. Everything! It was just so creepy, how everyone blindly followed what the Society told them, never fighting back, never resisting… Everyone was brainwashed! It was all so creepy, and so terrifying, and so believable. Very. Very. Scary. The writing… wow, it was beautiful, lyrical. I fell in love with the voice – it was so Cassia. And even though the pace was slow, I truly enjoyed Matched. I just loved reading about the way Cassia saw everything – especially things from our time. But, really, the writing enchanted me: it really was beautiful. I could see everything, feel everything… Stunning. Beautiful, haunting, romantic and scary, I think Matched was a darn near perfect dystopian, with a hint of a love triangle thrown in. I know who I’d want, but I have a feeling I’m rooting for the wrong team…...more
"I work for the CIA," [Alex] grimaced. "Or worked, probably. My job was to hunt down and destroy angels. I was told that you're one. And instead you'r"I work for the CIA," [Alex] grimaced. "Or worked, probably. My job was to hunt down and destroy angels. I was told that you're one. And instead you're..." He trailed off, eyebrows lowering. "Like nothing I've ever seen before…” Alex's whole life has been about hunting, ever since his mother died. She was killed, actually. By angels. Yep, you heard right: angels killed his mother and now he's an AK (Angel Killer). Because angels aren't like they are in the bible. They aren't pure and they aren't good and they aren't loving. They are monsters, plain and simple. In fact, the only good kind of angel is a dead angel. Which is why Alex is so confused when he's sent to kill Willow. Willow's life is almost as... unique as Alex's: not only is she obsessed with all things car related, not only is her mother trapped in her own world and completely withdrawn, Willow is psychic. She has a gift - can see people's thoughts, futures and feelings whenever she touches their hand. This is how she first sees an angel. She knows they are wrong, evil, bad; knows the truth, just like Alex. Well, at least she thought she did... So when he turns up to kill her and learns what she really is, starts to fall for her, Alex is torn. He is literally falling for the enemy, whether she knows what she is or not... And all the while, the angel invasion is about to explode - big time... It's taken me forever to get to Angel. I really don't know why: it's so up my alley! I mean angels and hunters and crazy psycho angel freaks who try to kill you. How could a girl resist? And yet I did. For so, so long. And God am I ticked off at myself for that! Angel was such a brilliant book - fast-paced, addictive, exciting and so bleeping awesome! I just zoomed through it, gobbling it all up as fast as I possibly could. Oh, how I loved it! Gimme Angel Fire - like, stat! Alex. Oh how I love him! Cute hunters are always a favourite of mine, thanks to Supernatural and the Winchester brothers. The hot guys in Buffy's Scooby Gang don't hurt either! But I'm talking about Alex now. Alex was so, so sweet - hard as nails, kickass, but so sweet and caring too. I absolutely loved him to pieces! I loved Willow too, obviously. Not as much, of course, but I did love her! Willow was a brilliant heroine: strong, tough but caring and warm and loving. She was also really, really quirky and odd - "Queen Weird" indeed! And I loved her uniqueness - I do love lead girls who don't conform! And the relationship between Alex and Willow? Oh, I loved it! The way it was so tense and chemistry-fuelled to begin with, as they kept each other at arms-length. And then the way they grew closer: so, so cute and sweet! And so real too - so believable. And they were just so perfect together: they completed each other, totally corny as that sounds. Plus their banter was hilarious! At times though... well, it was so sickly it felt like I was drinking Coke with added sugar through strawberry laces and liquorice. Don't get me wrong, I love them together. It's just... a little less sickliness? A little less cheese? Maybe please? The other characters? Just as freaking amazing! I mean, even the bad guys - even the angels - were totally real. I mean, I hated their guts, but they were all real. I loved loved loved the writing! How we had so many amazing different POVs: Willow's in first person, and then Alex and even some angels' in third. The way it jumped could confuse people to begin with and throw them off, but I absolutely loved it to pieces. I mean, I'm a huge huge fan of split perspectives, so this book was like my dream come true. I loved that I could get into everyone's heads. Alex was the one I was especially intrigued by, though. Not cause I love him or anything, of course... The plot? So cool! It was so fast and suspenseful and exciting! There was action non-stop - well, apart from the desert thing, where much of afore-mentioned sickliness occurred. Also, some of the things I saw coming. But none the less, this book and this plot was totally addictive - I was racing towards the end, desperate to know what would happen. The ending, while pretty explosive, wasn't the huge face down I think I was expecting. But it still left me desperate for more and that's all you really want isn't it? Besides, OMG, the angel stuff in this book were so freaking kickass! So very very different! I mean, the idea of angels being bad, feeding and poisoning humans? Of their world dying so they came here? Of a band of assassins known as Angel Killers? Of all the aura chakra things? Just ohmifreakinggod!! So totally awesome it's untrue! One of the coolest angel myth stuff out there! I mean, check this extract out…! "When an angel feeds off someone, the effect is toxic," he said. "One of the things that happens is that the person perceives the angel as wonderful and kind. Another is that it damages them in some way - causes some sort of disease, or mental illness. MS, cancer, whatever. The more the person's energy is drained, the more severe it usually is." pg197 Squee! So yes. Angel wasn't perfect. But it was amazing. It was totally addictive and great fun and awesome. And man I loved it. And I am absolutely freaking desperate for Angel Fire. As in, if I don’t get it, like, yesterday I’m gonna go crazy! ...more
Over a decade ago, four babies were implanted with a gene known as the Medusa gene. Its purpose? To bring out psychic abilities. But the scientist behOver a decade ago, four babies were implanted with a gene known as the Medusa gene. Its purpose? To bring out psychic abilities. But the scientist behind the experiment, William Fox, died, and the identity of the babies became unknown. Now, all four are teenagers, with no clue of the powers that are inside them. Nico Rafael’s power is telekinesis, and he’s certain that it will bring him everything he ever wanted – including the girl he’s loved for years. But Nico is about to find out that sometimes, everything is not as it seems. And that not everyone can be trusted… This one had been sitting on my shelf for ages, just waiting to be read. I can’t believe I left it for so long! Just like all her other books, it was awesome! Fast paced, strong characters, believable relationships, wonderful writing. Plus: superpowers! Call me juvenile, but who doesn’t want superpowers?! The Set Up was a fun, funny, super-power-packed book, which left me addicted and itching for Book Two. Another winner from Sophie McKenzie! Loved it! Nico was great: fun, snarky and very resourceful. I just loved his sense of humour. Although, I just can’t believe some of the things he used his power for! He really loved Ketty – not having her as a friend devastated him. Plus, everything he did, he did for Ketty: totally sweet. On the other hand, he was kinda stupid and reckless sometimes: an act-before-I-think sort of character. I loved him! Ketty (short for Keturah, eek!) Wilshire was sweet, Nico’s best friend. She was addicted to running, and wasn’t that interested in girly, material things. She was… practical. Even though at one point I felt like yelling at her, overall I really liked her. Ed O’Brien was the new kid at school. He was super smart, really nice, and kind of geeky. Also… sort of a goody-two-shoes – a bit of a snitch. But, as the book went on, he got more confident and sarcastic: I like him better snarky! Dylan Fox was an odd character. She seemed distant and almost… smug? to begin with. She was also rather arrogant. But she was good at jumping into action, with the: perfect drawl. She was aggressive, but so vulnerable, damaged, broken. And: wonderfully sarcastic. All the way through, I wondered what she was hiding… I started off unsure of her, but by the end I got her. She had more backbone that anyone gave her credit for – than I gave her credit for. I loved Dylan – she was the character I actually wrote the most notes on. And there were two characters I swung between trusting, and being completely suspicious of. I just could not make up my mind on whether or not they were good. And I actually completely misjudged one of them! Don’t you love people you can’t guess about? Some twists… ok, I guessed (I’m a top-notch guesser). But others… completely threw me. And don’t you love surprises? Guessable plots can be majorly boring, and therefore twisty books are lovely! The best bit about this book was, by far, the action and super powers. Or more specifically, the parts where there was action AND superpowers. And how the abilities came about was also super cool (pun intended). And the different powers were just awesome. Mind reading, future seeing… it was all so, so brilliant! I want a superpower, please! The Set-Up was a quick, fun read, with great characters and action. Sophie rocks! And Nico’s the best! I can’t wait to see where all the characters go, where the plot goes…...more