Friday, 28 September 2012

Fallen (Book 1) by Lauren Kate

Fallen (Fallen, #1)Pages: 452
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Released: July 2010

Plot: When Luce is sent by her parents to Sword &Cross reform boarding school she finds herself lost and alone. When she see's Daniel Grigori across from the school on her first day, she just can't quite pin down what it is about him that's drawing her in like a moth to a flame. With the feeling that he is all to familiar to her, Luce embarks on seeking the truth, even if it means her death...

Good Points: The cover to this book is just gorgeous and I remember the first time I saw it immediately thinking I need to read this book. At the time, Fallen was one of the first 'angel' books that I had ever read and I really loved it. The setting of the book at Sword & Cross boarding school is very Gothic and the characters fit well into the story, the author successfully  building each character's personality up and quickly creating individuals that  fit well into the books tangled plot of twists and turns that leave you hanging for more.

Bad Points: I've got to admit the book is pretty slow in its pacing. Everything about it seems to be dragged out until the ending where everything seems to come together rather quickly. Also looking back, like most (but not all!!!) YA fiction the plot follows the basic story line of lonely girl + new school + hot teenage boy who's broody beyond belief = match made in heaven, it's lets just say a little...predictable. Oh and did I mention the Love Triangle??

To Sum Up... The book is good and you definitely get hooked into Luce's story wanting to find out all the secrets that are being kept hidden. The books main genre is romance, with the majority of the plot falling to Luce's relationships with Daniel and Cam and their hidden histories. Although this is great if you enjoy that in a book, it does get a little same-y throughout the series and it seems like nothing exciting ever happens.
Worth a read if you fancy something romacy though, but beware this book does come with a little side tag of  depressing with the dark gloomy setting. So kind of a contradicting sentence but hey....

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #6

Waiting On Wednesday is a meme hosted by 

This week's Waiting On Wednesday is 
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor.

I'm currently reading the first book in this series and absolutely loving it! This author has a magical way with words and I am seriously hooked!
November 6th -- hurry up already!!!

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)
Here's the Summary...
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favourites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

                                                             Btw -  Isn't the cover just beautiful :)

I'd love to find out your opinion on the series and don't forget to leave a link to your WOW!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Top Ten Tuesday #3

Top ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme by Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Series I haven't finished (because either I didn't like or you're just procrastinating etc.)

Evermore (The Immortals, #1)
1. The Immortals Series (Evermore) 
The Awakening and The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #1-2)Now the first book was really good but after a while I don't know... the series just sort of declined for me. I still haven't finished it.

 2. The Vampire Diaries books. 
I read the first book to this after watching the TV series and loving it. I think because the two are so different I just didn't get into them and I proffered the programme instead.

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)3. Hush Hush series.
Now I haven't exactly given up on this series, I'm just finding it really hard to finish. Again I read the first book and loved it but no, the rest weren't as great...I feel a pattern is appearing...

Marked (House of Night, #1)4. The House of Night Series.
Talk about repetitive scenes.I mean come on! This series is on I think its, what, 10th book. End it already! (Even though I have to admit these books were good at the beginning and Team Stark for the win- I'm not too sure if he's still alive though, like I said I've not finished the series. The two authors should have just cut it short and left it.)

5. The Morganville Vampires series.
Even though I have every book, I think its time to call it a day for this series.

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1)6. Soul Screamers Series.
Again, I think there's just too many books in this series. I know you could say Harry Potter has seven books but the reason that's not on my list and I'm not complaining is because that's well plotted and follows them through their years at hogwarts and not to try and get as many books out of one storyline. Gosh I sound harsh,I'm getting book defensive.

Fallen (Fallen, #1)
7. Fallen Series
Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1)Again liked the first one, second was okay, third one ...meh 

8. Strange Angels series.
A much as I hate to admit it I still haven't read the final book. Though I will because I really liked this series, I just haven't felt the urge to read the last on yet.

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
9. The Wolves of Mercy Falls series.
Smokeless Fire (Fire Spirits, #1)Still haven't read the last book. Dont know why.

and finally...

10. Fire Spirits series.
 Now as much as I love Samantha Young as an author I just haven't  managed to properly get into this story yet, I'll keep trying though :)                                              

Thanks for checking out my list, I LOVE all comments and feedback so don't forget to leave some with  a link to you're TTT list!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs


Pages: 549
The Dark Heroine: Dinner With a VampirePublisher: Harper Voyager
Release: October 2012

Plot: For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape… no matter how hard Violet tries.

Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.

Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price…

My Opinion...
(BTW. I'm not using the same format I usually do on this one)

Okay, so I just finished this book and to be honest I'm a little confused whether I actually liked it or not. This being mainly down to me trying to work out what type of book it was. 
Everything about the plot screamed teen fiction to me, but teen fiction it certainly is not, with some of the scenes definitely going to a level of fifty shades.
Maybe it needed a more mature cover?

The main character Violet Lee is pretty much your typical teenager, or so you think... You soon see Violet being transformed into the world of Vampires and royalty to which she inevitably becomes tangled in. Although I liked the development of the character I have to admit I got a little annoyed her constant crying. What can I say, I'm not a fan of the tears...

Kaspar is looks like very other drop dead gorgeous vampire in literature, though this time described like the author advertised a little more bloody which I liked. 

The author didn't shy away from killing a couple of people and reinforcing that Vampires are the classic predator unlike some books where the main protagonist spends half the book trying to change him. 
(Have to admit though there were glimpses of this in the book but it didn't over power the story)

Overall, I'd say the book was well plotted and wasn't too predictable... however, and I have to say it... I was a little sceptical as to how no one realised it was her. (If you've read the book, you probably know what I'm on about.) I think I was actually screaming It's her! It's her! at one point -__-

On the other hand, the book did leave some things to be surprised and there were elements towards the end that left you googling for the release of the next book I did feel that maybe it was just a little too long. Usually I don't mind this but for some reason this time it did. But you can clearly see why this book got something like 17 million hits on wattpad.

Try the book for yourself though :)

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #5

Waiting On Wednesday #3 is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

The Madness Underneath (Shades of London, #2)
This week's featured book is one that I am quite excited to read.

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson.

For those of you who don't know The madness underneath is the second book in the Shades of London which follows Rory an american who moves to a London boarding school.

The first book Name of the Star which you can see the review of here was really good, based around the history of Jack the Ripper and the sudden copy cat murders that are taking place around London.

As the book finished with you finding out who the killer was, I'm not quite sure where this series will go.

 But here's the Summary anyway.

When madness stalks the streets of London, no one is safe…

There’s a creepy new terror haunting modern-day London. Fresh from defeating a Jack the Ripper killer, Rory must put her new-found hunting skills to the test before all hell breaks loose…

But enemies are not always who you expect them to be and crazy times call for crazy solutions. A thrilling teen mystery.

Looking forward to how this one turns out though, it's release will be March 2013.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Joss Stirling Interview

Hi so, earlier this week I featured Seeking Crystal as my Waiting On Wednesday book and recently I  managed to get a couple of questions to Joss to answer!

So without further ado, I give you the Interview!!!

 1. What made you want to become an author? 

 I love using words to create my own worlds, the adventures and people in them - it is as simple as that!

 2. Is there a book that really stood out for you when you were a teenager? 

The Lord of the Rings - stayed with me from then on as a favourite read.  I was delighted that the Peter Jackson film version didn't spoil it for me and I'm looking forward to The Hobbit.

3. How long did it take to write Seeking Crystal? 

It didn't take that long as most of the creative decisions about how to approach the book were decided while writing FS and SP - so about three months spread over six to eight months.

 4. Which Benedict brother is your favourite? 

I don't play favourites with my literary offspring!  I fall in love with each as I write a book for them.

 And finally 5. Anything else you would like me to ask... 

No.  But you can find out more news and information about me on my website.  If I dodge a question there, it is because maybe I'm still thinking about it! 

So listen to the lady and check out Joss Stirling's website here
Thanks again go out to Joss Stirling for answering my questions!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Review of She Wulf by Sheryl Steines

Pages: 264
She WulfPublisher: Sheryl Steines
Released: August 2012

Plot: He came through the centuries to find her, the girl who could save them all. Annie Pearce runs through the streets of the city, chasing a demon, the likes she has never seen before. As she works to find out where the demon came from, the Wizard Guard encounters something even more bizarre. A tenth century Viking.

When Annie gets sucked into the past, she must struggle with the knowledge of the prophecy that tells of her destiny. The one she must fulfill if she is to return home. What happens in the past will change the world. (Goodreads)

Good Points: I thought the characters were built up well and the author had definitely made it clear that Annie and Cham will do anything for each other. I liked the whole plot of bringing the Viking in, quite original there and I thought the plot line of going back in time was really unique, I've not read many books that do this and it's really nice to see the contrasts between the two places. The book follows on from The Day of first Sun which is the prequel com in the series. To be honest I didn't know this, but despite this I still quickly managed to gain the basic plot to the story without reading the first book. I think the author has to be congratulated on this because this is a hard thing to do, usually I'm left clueless when this happens but I knew exactly who everyone was and just from the few moments at the beginning alone you just know that Cham and Annie are meant for each other!

Bad Points: There were some moments where I didn't like one character or another just simply because of their attitude and I thought Cham could get a little Annie-sick after a while missing her which although showed how much he loved her got a tiny little bit on my nerves. But that was it I swear!

To Sum Up... To be honest I thought this book was a good little read, I'm definitely going to seek out the first part of  Cham and Annie's story to see what happens there, though I think I may have spoiled the ending to that one already after reading this book. The character changing perspectives was a nice touch and added extra detail to each characters perspective and emotions, I especially loved the Vikings, just because well...he's a Viking! And if that doesn't add brownie points for coolness then what will?

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About She Wulf Annie is sent through an ancient time portal with only a prophecy to guide her; she struggles with a new destiny as she tries to figure out a way to destroy an un-killable demon and return home.  Get it on Amazon.
About The Day of First Sun A vampire, a rogue wizard and an army of soulless zombies are par for the course for Annie Pearce and Bobby “Cham” Chamsky of the Wizard’s Guard. But when the non-magical princess, Amelie of Amborix, is murdered by magical means, a deeper plot unfolds. Get it on Amazon.
About the author: Behind the wheel of her ’66 Mustang Convertible, Sheryl is a constant surprise, using her sense of humor and relatable style make her books something everyone can enjoy. Visit Sheryl on her websiteTwitterFacebook, or GoodReads.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Waiting On Wednesday #3 is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week's featured book is one that I literally cannot wait to read. I think I may just be obsessed... 

Seeking Crystal by Joss Stirling

Seeking Crystal (Benedict, #3) For those of you who have never heard of this series, this is the third book in the Benedict Brothers series and these books are sooooooooo good (extra o's for emphasis).
From the very few teasers that I have scoured the internet to find I have been left hooked. 
The previous two books in this series were just fab, and each time I read the next I always fall in love with a new brother. 
This years release 'Seeking Crystal' features Xavier and from the teasers another brother may just be getting married... and did I mention it's set in Venice!

Here's the Summary...

Crystal Brook has always been the dud Savant in her family; paranormal powers just aren't her thing. Dropping out of school with a clutch of 'E'
 grades and no future, she lives in the shadow of her high-flying sister Diamond. On a trip to Denver, a chance encounter with the dashing Benedict brothers leaves Diamond head over heels in love and engaged to be married. Crystal, on the other hand, is unimpressed by their charms . . . in fact no boy can annoy her as much as Xav Benedict! Back in Venice, their families assemble for Diamond's wedding and a powerful enemy seizes the opportunity to attack. Crystal and Xav must join forces to save their loved-ones, unlocking a secret that, until now, has lain deeply buried . . . (Goodreads)

So basically I can't wait. OCTOBER HURRY UP!
Also later this week I will be posting the Interview I did with Joss Stirling.!!

You can check out the Reviews of the previous books in this series via link...
(I'm not sure if these books are out in the US yet though...)

Finding Sky (Benedict, #1)

 Finding Sky (Book 1) by Joss Stirling

                        Stealing Phoenix (Book 2) by Joss Stirling

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