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4 Out of 5 Tabitha Grey and her family are moving into Weston Manor house, where her dad is to be Keeper. Tabs should be thrilled - after all, the hou4¼ Out of 5 Tabitha Grey and her family are moving into Weston Manor house, where her dad is to be Keeper. Tabs should be thrilled - after all, the house is gorgeous and a real piece of history. Only she has this feeling, like something's wrong with the house. Like something's waiting for her. Tabitha's creative, but she isn't imagining the chills, the people no one else can see, the sounds only she can hear. But no one will believe her. Even though she's sure she's right this time. Can she convince her family before it’s too late, before they fall apart? I do love ghost stories and The Haunting of Tabitha Grey was a great one! Full of suspense, ghosts and mystery, I was just sucked in and couldn't stop reading! It was spooky, I just felt chills as I read, felt terrified for Tabitha. Although it wasn't that fast to begin with, that really just cranked the suspense up. I loved this - I couldn't stop reading. It was so chilling, so vivid, so real and so utterly creepy. Oh yes: This book was spooktastic! The characters were all really believable and real. Tabitha was so very teenagery – snarky, stubborn confident and brilliantly odd. With her need to know everything, all the time, she kinda reminded me of me – I’m the embodiment of ‘curiosity killed the cat!’ But back to Tabs, she was the strongest person ever and I felt seriously furious when no one believed her, left her to be terrified on her own. Ben, Tabitha’s little brother, was really shy and sweet and innocent… Her mum was a little head-in-the-clouds – she was depressed in the past and we didn’t find out why for aaggeess… Tabs’ dad was shockingly unobservant and very logical. Now her Gran I really loved, even though she wasn’t really in the story! And all the family relationships wee rather dysfunctional, though you could see they all loved each other very much. Every single member seemed to have one issue or another, be it depression, over-active imagination or whatever. All the members were also so real, all their own people, like real live family members. And I adored Curtis’ writing – it was beautiful and so utterly teen. I could see everything in my head (and loved the creepy, beautiful and mysterious setting), but the writing wasn’t overwhelming and didn’t slow the pace in the slightest. And the plot, in one word, was creepy! I was drawn right in from the first page and just was never let go! I loved all the spooky, ghostly going ons and all the family issues too. And while I had suspicions about how everything would end, I really and seriously did not see that last twist coming! It left me reeling! One haunted manor house, a family on the brink of collapse, a girl seeing ghosts with no one who believes her... The Haunting of Tabitha Grey was amazing, shocking, twisty and just plain spooky! I was addicted from start to finish. I can't wait to read something else by Curtis! I love her writing and imagination!...more
Circe Shaw wants to become a fabulously sophisticated journalist and uncover the mysterious truth about the male species. But she has some major problCirce Shaw wants to become a fabulously sophisticated journalist and uncover the mysterious truth about the male species. But she has some major problems. It's hard being fabulously sophisticated living in "The Nook" (the smallest cottage ever) with her mum and her "just friends" guys "in The Middle Of Absolute Nowhere", while facing down an arch enemy and her romantic Dark Past... In amongst blogging and "Male Human Pet Control Experiments", can Circe find out the real truth about guys - and maybe get herself a boyfriend of her own? Or is this mystery meant to remain a mystery for all eternity - as it has a tendency to cause way to too many problems and broken hearts when seriously investigated...? I love, love, love books that make me laugh. Always have. How To Keep A Boy As A Pet? Constant LOL-ING! Quirky and fun and bonkers, I just sped through this book: I felt myself being drawn in by Circe's madness from the word go and couldn't stop reading! But what I truly loved was that it was more than just funny, it was also really thoughtful, insightful and pure genius - and will definitely help in attracting a pet boy! For everyone looking for an amazingly written, hilarious and bonkers book: *thrusts How To Keep A Boy As A Pet at you*! This really is a must read for all teen girls! Seriously! Circe Shaw was bonkers and funny and cute and oh-so fabulously sophisticated! Evidence of her wit, insanity and cuteness: "hamstericidal ratlets". I adored Circe - she was the most teenage teen, so relatable and loveable. An average, normal teen girl with abnormally large hair! As fabulous as she was, she was also dreadfully insecure - it just made you love her more, that vulnerability beneath the bravado, and I loved watching her grow and mature. Rufus Strakes was kinda grumpy and snarky and smirk-y. He was really hard to figure out - a mystery! But that intense thing he had - yum! He was dark, broody, mysterious... Hey! Circe got her very own R-Patz! Learning more about him just made me adore him! And I loved the glimpses of the sweet, vulnerable Rufus we got, the Rufus lingering under the snark. I also loved seeing how Circe's and Rufus' relationship grew. It started off as an experiment, but soon became much, much more. I felt it - it was so sweet and real and so not a science experiment! I just adored all the characters - from the poshies to the besties to the "just friends" men. They were all brilliantly described and very varying and very funny! I also loved all the various relationships - how they evolved, how different they all were - how real. Tash and Ben, Circe’s best friends, were both awesome and so cute together! Savvy Rose, Circe's real-imaginary-reader of her blog, was clever, cheerful and a great advice giver – like a virtual big sister! I loved the conversations she and Circe had! But who was she really...? And I loved Circe’s pets' names - Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Daniel Craig. LOL! Blame her mother! The writing was just hilarious and so, so Circe! I was constantly giggling and just loved the blog layout and how Circe liked to Put Things In Capital Letters A Lot! She was very thorough, very descriptive and very, very funny! She just felt so totally teen-ager-y! Loved it! I loved how she wrote as she felt, and how we could tell when she was excited, shocked, in pain. I really, truly felt like I got to know Circe! And the plot was just utterly addictive! I adored Circe's "Male Human Pet Control" experiments - they had me absolutely cracking up! The plot was marvellously simple and sophisticated and straight forward, totally original and addictive. And gotta admit - did not see most of it coming! I also loved that beneath the snarky, funny exterior lay a deeper, more serious theme - bullying, what it is and how to deal with it. Circe didn't think she was being bullied but she was - horribly so. Diane Messidoro dealt with it skilfully, tackling it and telling the reader how to stop/deal with it if it happens to you or a friend. One girl's mission to be a fabulously sophisticated journalist while trying to discover the truth about the male species and hopefully land a boyfriend, How To Keep A Boy As A Pet was bonkers, hilarious and marvellously, barmily British! I found that I couldn't put it down, and when I did I had a lovely warm feeling inside. I loved this book to pieces and will be counting down the days til the next book in the series (What Not To Do In The Dark) comes out!!...more
You have the money? You have their Protection. Los Angeles, Angel City, Immortal City. Angels walk among humans as Protectors, saving those4½ Out of 5
You have the money? You have their Protection. Los Angeles, Angel City, Immortal City. Angels walk among humans as Protectors, saving those rich enough to afford their protection. Jackson Godspeed is the hottest, most talented and loved Angel in the city, just days away from achieving his dream of becoming a Guardian. Maddy Montgomery seems to be the only one who isn't completely obsessed with the Angels. But after a chance meeting with Jacks in her uncle's diner, a bond strikes between them as they find themselves inexplicably drawn together. But there's someone out there, brutally killing Angels. And Jacks is next... All is not as it seems in the Immortal City. I was feeling ill and couldn't bring myself to concentrate on one book, so I randomly started picking books up to read the first chapter. I did this many times. Until Immortal City. I started reading and then was like: "Oh my God! Angels walking around in Gucci protecting for money? Must keep reading!" The rest of the book did not disappoint! Maddy was really down-to-earth, modest and just an average human girl. I loved her stubbornness, how real and relatable she felt. Also, the visions she got were awesome! Horrible, but still awesome. And her insecurities made her even more relatable and I liked it when she stuck up for herself; but I didn’t like that she stuck up for herself and then went back to being insecure… Though Viv was pretty intimidating… But really, Maddy rocked! Jacks... Well, yum! He was just so sweet, and I loved the hidden side of him, the more insecure and human side. And... he was just so cute! And stubborn. And did I mention he was cute? Gallant, chivalrous, brave, dedicated, amazing, wonderful... I am so Angelstruck! I really loved Maddy and Jacks' relationship. Although it wasn't exactly love at first sight, it was pretty close. But it worked. Each had a reason to like the other when they met. I could feel the chemistry. Plus they were just so cute; I loved them together! The other characters were great and just as 3D. A few of my favorites were the sweet and sincere Uncle Kevin, the Angel-addict and hilarious Gwen, the cop Sylvester, who was brilliant and had a secret of his own, and Jacks’ PA Darcy; a Blackberry-addict I found brilliant and really funny. I loved this world! I mean, Angels as celebs? Protecting for money? With awesome wings, really glamorous parties, Angel blogs and televised Saves… it was all so new to me! And I really liked that the Angels weren’t all that angelic: they had flaws that made them feel human. The sense of mystery about where they came from and the darker side of the Immortals was amazing! And I loved the parody to the celeb world. It was a really super and clever idea from Scott. One that worked brilliantly and made me think about our own society... Seriously: More please! The writing was amazing: I loved the feel of it, the style, even though it was in third person, my least favorite. Though ol’ third is growing on me! I loved that it jumped from Maddy to Jacks, letting us see what was going on in both if their heads and feel what they felt. I also liked the time we spent in Officer Sylvester's head: what can I say, I love the crime novels! However, all the jumping could be a little confusing. But other than that; perfect! The plot was awesome - and unexpected! I was expecting just a love story, but I got so much more! I got a mystery too! I love mysteries! So it was ever so excellent to find out that there was a murder to solve! Ok, just read how sick and twisted that sounded, so ignore it please. But seriously, amazing. Full of twists and turns with a non-stop pace, Immortal City was an addictive read I just zoomed through. A hot, powerful Angel, a normal girl who couldn't care less, a series of brutal Angel murders and a forbidden love story, Immortal City was an awesome book that sucked me in from the word go. A brilliant, brilliant debut set in a stunning world I can’t wait to dive back into! Speer is an author to look out for! I. NEED. BOOK. TWO. NOW!...more
Day is the most wanted person in the Republic. June is the Republic’s prodigy, on a mission to find her brother’s killer.
Undercover, th4½ Out of 5
Day is the most wanted person in the Republic. June is the Republic’s prodigy, on a mission to find her brother’s killer.
Undercover, the two meet, oblivious to the other’s identity. Against all the odds, they start to fall in love. But June has promised her brother that she will avenge his death.
When the truth is revealed and both of their worlds begin to crumble, will these two teenagers be able to put aside their differences and fight to say alive?
Now, I recently have read a lot of dystopian books. And, boy, did I have high expectations of Legend! And you know what? It lived up to them all. There was a totally epic and wonderfully thought-out world (which was also terrifying), a strong heroine, a swoon-worthy hero, a totally believable love story and a huge web of lies. In my eyes, this not only equals great dystopian, it equals just all-round great book! Marie Lu, I can’t wait to see what you bring out next!
Day was a legend in Los Angeles – everyone knew his name. He was sweet: he had to know his family as safe and he really, really cared for and loved Tess. A worryingly good actor, he was brave, adventurous, rather reckless and was able of doing the impossible. I loved that he was snarky, loud-mouthed and clever, and just as observational as June. As for why he chose the name “Day”, oh it just made me love him even more!
June Iparis, aged fifteen, was “the Republic’s favourite little prodigy”. But instead of being all goody-goody, she was cheeky, mildly rebellious and often in trouble! The way she saw and noticed everything really reminded me of Sherlock Holmes: a freakin’ deduction genius! But despite the rebellious streak, she was devoted to the Republic: the perfect soldier. She was just a good person who has been fed lies all her life. She was also snarky, confident, funny and strong, and absolutely doted on her brother. I couldn’t help loving the crazy, reckless, kick-butt genius!
The other characters were amazing, and equally well padded out, in my opinion. Tess, who hung with Day, was so sweet. It was obvious she adored Day, and her fragility just made her so loveable to me. Captain Metias Iparis, June’s big brother and guardian: he was just so lovely, always there for “Junebug”! He was a really good person, one I fell in love with the moment I met him! There was Captain Thomas, a soldier, who I started of liking, until I slowly saw the real person inside. Commander Jameson, stern, strict, ruthless, the Republic’s lackey. Day’s brother John, so loving and warm and protective of his little brothers: even though he wasn’t in it much, I loved him too.
The relationship between Day and June was brilliantly done – neither knew who the other was, and yet I could feel the history, the chemistry. Even when they both found out who the other was, they couldn’t help the feelings. And they were alike in so many ways, so it was no secret why they should like each other. They had the same talents. That’s why June was sent. The Republic knew they thought alike. They knew June would get Day, given a motive. People have complained about their similarities, but I would’ve thought that after reading the book it would have made sense. Or maybe it’s only in my (very twisted) mind that all the pieces clicked. For me, the similarities, shared gifts and traits were a MUST. Plus, none of the other events would have been possible otherwise.
I, in a twisted way, love dystopian worlds. They all haves some parallels with our world, often exaggerating the extreme wealth and poverty. And this world? So, so epic! I loved how it was all described, how it was controlled and how everything was explained. The pretence covered the terrible truth without a single fault. Lu just wove the most amazing society, terrifying and amazing.
And the writing was amazing! It kept me on the edge of my seat. I was totally immersed in the world and story. There was enough description so I saw everything, it not enough to make it boring in the slightest. I really got into Day and June’s heads; fell in love with both of them. More, Lu’s writing was addictive and exciting, and before I knew it, I had finished the book. Amazing!
I loved the plot of Legend. The twists and turns. The way the romance happened. The way the truth came out, the way… Well, how more or less everything happened. There were, of course, aspects from the beginning I suspected would happen – this is a dystopian world, after all, and everything tends to kick off in similar ways. But some I didn’t see some things coming at all. And whether I guessed the plot parts or not, I loved every second – I simply cannot wait to see where Book Two takes us!
A prodigy, genius girl, a master criminal boy and a Republic with more secrets than citizens, Legend was a brilliant story that had me hooked from start to finish. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!...more