This story has been researched incredibly by the author and has been written so well. Unlike a lot of young adult books, it doesn't candy coat the stoThis story has been researched incredibly by the author and has been written so well. Unlike a lot of young adult books, it doesn't candy coat the story. Even though the characters in this book are fiction, as a reader, I was aware that the story being told was all too true for the people suffering at that time.
Lina is a truly incredible character. I completely felt her pain throughout the book but I also loved the small lighthearted scenes in which her and the other's trapped in the camp made the best out of the situation. I think the scene in which they all celebrate Christmas is a really heartwarming scene.
Of course there is a little romance which is much needed amongst all of the gritty scenes.
Whilst reading the book I literally could not put it down and it is a story that I will remember for along time. This is a book that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page. ...more
Divergent in a word? EPIC! This amazing dystopian novel is full of action, adventure, bravery and even romance.
Divergent is set in a twisted future, iDivergent in a word? EPIC! This amazing dystopian novel is full of action, adventure, bravery and even romance.
Divergent is set in a twisted future, in which people are sorted into various factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Erudite and Dauntless. Each faction lives by certain rules, for example: Abnegation have to be selfless and Amity believe in keeping the peace. A person is sorted into a faction when they are 16. In order to be sorted, the subject must go through a test to determine two factions that he/she would be fitted to. The subject must then choose between those two factions on the day of the choosing ceremony.
On the day of her simulation test, Beatrice finds out that her test results are inconclusive. She is told that she is Divergent. Divergent is the name for people who show the traits of three or more factions. Beatrice is told not to tell anyone and she begins to understand why: Being Divergent is dangerous.
Beatrice must choose to stay in her faction of Abnegation or to move on to another faction and leave everything behind. The choice she makes changes her life forever.
This book is a total Jaw-Dropper from the first page to the last and is truly un-put-downable! There are some really amazing action scenes throughout and, of course, the relationship between Beatrice and Four is fabulous. Divergent is a completely thrilling read and I would definitely recommend it to fans of dytopian novels. I can not wait for the sequel, Insurgent, due out in May next year. ...more
Between Shades of Gray is an amazingly inspirational story. Unlike a lot of young adult books, it doesn't candy coat the events. Even though the charaBetween Shades of Gray is an amazingly inspirational story. Unlike a lot of young adult books, it doesn't candy coat the events. Even though the characters in this book are fiction, as a reader I was fully aware that the story being told was all too true for the people suffering at that time. Whilst reading the book I literally could not put it down and it is a story that I will remember for along time. I would definately reccomend this book to everyone....more
Okay, now that’s out of my system, let me review the book.
Nothing comes close to the awesomeness of The Mortal Instruments. I loved having the gang back in my life again and I almost cried my leg of when I had to leave them at the end of it. I can’t really put into words a review of City of Lost Soul because I just can’t stress enough how fantastic it is. So let’s just say that this is going to be more of a fan-girlish love-fest than an actual review!
City of Lost Souls picks up just after the ending of CoFA, in which Jace was taken by Sebastian. Clary and the others are determined to find him so they all go to some pretty extreme methods that even include Demons and Angels.
The plot of this book does not disappoint. It’s full of epic moments which will keep you reading until well into the night. There is never a dull moment in the world of the Shadowhunters.
The characters are as awesome as ever. I’ve got to admit, I love what Sebastian has brought to the story! He makes everything more exciting and creates a lot of tension filled moments. I felt so sad for Clary throughout the books in the moments when it hit home that the Jace she was with wasn’t really her Jace. I also loved the building of the relationship between Simon and Isabelle. I adore them together and it was great to read more scenes with the two of them.
I can’t gush enough about how much I love Magnus. He has to be one of the best book characters of all time – he’s just fabulous! The moments between him and Alec in City of Lost Souls were totally heart wrenching. I’m rooting for them all the way!
Then, of course, we get to Jace and Clary. Their story in this book completely broke my heart at times. There were so many emotional moments!
One of the many great things about City of Lost Souls is all the different perspectives we get to see the story from. There is more about the other characters like Jordan and Maia and it’s great to follow their side of the story for a bit.
I loved every page of this book and didn’t want it to end! It was even worse for me when I found out that book 6 won’t be released until 2014! Really? 2014??
I’m so excited to see how this series ends in City of Heavenly Fire but I also don’t want it to end! It will be a very bittersweet time when I finally get to read that book. ...more
Shade has everything that makes up a good read: Humour, supernatural elements, great characters, oh and a hot Scottish guy thrown in as well! I totallShade has everything that makes up a good read: Humour, supernatural elements, great characters, oh and a hot Scottish guy thrown in as well! I totally loved Shade and couldn't put it down, I will definitely be picking up the sequel, Shift....more
After totally falling in love with Shade, I had very high expectations for Shift. And I was not disappointed! Shift carries on from where we left Aura After totally falling in love with Shade, I had very high expectations for Shift. And I was not disappointed! Shift carries on from where we left Aura and Logan at the end of Shade. What goes down next only adds to the confusion and mystery surrounding the Shift. Aura continues to face the challenges of uncovering the secrets of the Shift and now she must also discover the secrets about her mother. With the help of Zachary, Aura finds life changing information about who she really is.
Along with everything else going on, Aura also has to struggle with her feelings for both Logan and Zachary. Each have a place in her heart but she knows that she can't maintain a relationship with Logan and her strong bond with Zachary only confirms her feelings.
I loved the twists and turns in this book. There were defiantly some shocking moments with the characters, especially with Zachary. There was one scene in which I wanted to scream at him for being so stupid! There were also some really heart felt moments which may have brought one or two (thousand) tears to my eyes. And of course, there were defiantly some super hot scenes!
I also felt like I got to know a bit more about the other characters like Dylan and Megan, who just add to the awesomeness of the story. As for Aura herself, I think she is a fabulous lead character and I certainly can't blame her for being torn between Zachary and Logan because they are both super hot characters. Jeri has officially made me want to move to Scotland immediately in order to find a Zachary of my own!
Definitely one of my favourite books of this year so far. This is a sizzling hot read that you won't want to put down! I actually cannot wait for the final book, Shine, to be released in May 2012 (do I have to wait that long?!)
This is the fabulous second novel by Kody Keplinger. Shut Out is a total girl power story based on the Greek play Lysistrata.
Shut Out is about the 10 year old rivalry between Hamilton High’s football and soccer team. Lissa, who is dating quarterback, Randy, is fed up of coming second best to his hatred of the soccer team. She finds out that she is not alone, all of the girlfriends of the football team are sick of the constant hatred between the two teams. Lissa come up with a plan. Her and the girlfriends of both teams decide to go on a strike. Not just any strike but a sex strike. They make a pact to withhold any sexual activity until the boys end the rivalry.
When the boys discover what the girls are up to, Randy starts to act differently towards Lissa. Throughout this, Lissa finds herself becoming increasingly attracted to Cash, the guys who flirts with everyone but won’t ever take things any further. Cash decides that the boys need someone to guide them into overcoming the strike and takes on a leadership role that brings both teams together. Soon, the strike becomes much more for the girls and Lissa starts to forget the reason that they started it in the first place. Things end up going further than the girls ever expected, and before long, there is full blown battle of the sexes going on.
The characters in Shut Out are just fabulous! Lissa’s best friend, Chloe, is a really powerful character who always speaks her mind. She takes part in the strike even though she doesn’t have a boyfriend. I also loved Cash. He is just adorable! I really liked all of the female bonding session’s during the sleepover’s held by the girls. I loved the fact that they started to accept the truths about each other and realise that everyone is free to make their own decisions about their personal lives and that they shouldn’t feel pressured into changing that.
Shut Out is a fantastically funny read with a unique storyline and plenty of girl-power! ...more
This one kept me up reading into all hours of the night – I physically could not put it down. Legend is an epic, action packed tale that will have you hooked from the very first page.
Legend is set in the dystopian future of a war-torn nation. When children reach the age of ten, they have to take the Trial. June gets the highest score possible and ends up the Republic’s prodigy, Day fails and ends up the country’s biggest criminal.
I ADORED Day – like seriously, can I clone him? He is such an amazing character! I’m not always the biggest fan of dual-narratives but I loved hearing both his and June’s point-of-view throughout the story.
June are Day are completely Kick-Ass. I love that they are tough, strong and determined characters. It’s great to read a story where the female and male protagonist are both as bad-ass as each other!
For people who love dystopian novels, you HAVE to read this one. In fact – EVERYONE has to read this one! You won’t be able to put it down. I’m excited to see what the sequel to Legend will bring. ...more
Is it possible to marry a book? Because I’m pretty sure that this book is the love of my life! Anna and the French Kiss is fabulous. Pure and Simple.Is it possible to marry a book? Because I’m pretty sure that this book is the love of my life! Anna and the French Kiss is fabulous. Pure and Simple.
Anna hates her father for sending her to boarding school in Paris. She’s being pulled from the life she loves back home and is being forced into a county that she can’t even speak the language of. So, Anna is alone and friendless in the middle of the City of Light… Enter stage left, Etienne St. Clair. Gorgeous, funny and perfect St. Clair. Who happens to be taken. And so we begin Anna’s life changing senior year at the School of America in Paris.
Anna is the perfect heroin. She’s got humour, class and she can really stand up for herself when she needs to. But obviously she isn’t perfect and that’s what I love so much about her. She grows as she overcomes the mistakes she makes and begins to understand herself better in the process.
Don’t even get me started on Etienne. He is definitely on my list of cutest boys in books. You can totally understand why most of the females in the story fall for the gorgeous American with the French name and English accent. Come on, how awesome is that?! He also had flaws that just added to how great he was as a character.
The build-up of Anna and Etienne’s feelings for each other was so perfect. With him having a girlfriend, they’re on forbidden territory and even though Ellie (The Girlfriend) isn’t technically a bitch in the story, I wanted her out of the way to make the path clear for them. I found myself completely sucked into their world and it drove me crazy that they weren’t allowed to be together!
The other characters in the book are simply awesome. I loved Rashmi. She comes across as a bit of a bitch for the first half of the book and I was glad when we learn more about her and what she’s going through. I also liked Anna going home to her friends back in Atlanta over Christmas break. That’s when she realises that her life back at home wasn’t as perfect as she’d believed it to be.
This is the type of story that will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book.
The romance is adorable without being too in your face. There’s laughter and tears to be had throughout and I loved Stephanie’s writing style. I’d say she has a similar tone to Meg Cabot, who is one of my all-time favourite authors, so fans of Meg will love her. I will definitely be reading the companion novel, Lola and The Boy Next Door, as soon as I can get my hands on it!