Friday, 27 April 2012

{Review} Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: 18 October 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Kindle Edition
Pages: 281
Rating:  5- Wonderful

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.
My Thoughts:
 I had eagerly anticipated Half-Blood in 2011 and I cannot believe that I waited so long to read it! Half-Blood is something completely and utterly different to anything that I have ever read before and this book demands the reader’s attention and does not let you out of its clutches!

Jennifer did a great job of tying Greek mythology into a modern day story which completely blew me away.  I for one find Greek myths to be interesting but not so much so that I will go out of my way to read a book based on such myths, yet I found this book to be so addictive and fun to read, I am sure that this book will appeal to readers who may not like Greek Mythology as it is not dumped on you, it is elegantly woven into the story.

The characters in this book were nothing but awesome! I especially enjoyed the protagonists traits; Alex—the main character is feisty and snarky, which I absolutely loved. The fact that she had a quick tongue and an attitude that you could only absolutely love or loathe.

Jennifer sure knows how to write awesome action scenes and romance scenes that can only make your heart melt. Her writing is fantastic and made for a fast paced and fun novel that I absolutely loved; Half-Blood. I am glad that I read her debut and will read the sequel soon!

Half-Blood is filled with romance, action, adventure and intrigue and I recommend this to all of you who are looking for an awesome paranormal book that will remind you why you loved reading in the first place.
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Thursday, 26 April 2012

{Feature & Follow} 1

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to connect book bloggers; in turn allowing them to connect with other readers, gain new followers and most of all to be social in order to make some new friends. This meme is hosted byParajunkee & Alison Can Read.

Q: Have you ever had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then "broke up" with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.

A: Nope. I have found that it has been the other way around where I hate a character at first and then grow to love the character later on in the series. That character being-- Alec from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I did not like him at first due to the fact that he was jealous of Clary and I began to like him once he became Magnus' partner. Maybe Magnus put a spell on me?

Happy Follow Friday!

{Review} Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Release Date: 7 February 2012
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile 
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 330
Rating:  4- Great

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.
Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.
If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.
My Thoughts:
 I had very few books about witches before deciding to dive into Born Wicked. What initially drew me in was the fact that the cover was so intense, yet so beautiful and I felt that it set the tone for the book perfectly. Born Wicked was a captivating debut and one that I most certainly enjoyed thoroughly.

Cate was an interesting character that made an incredible perspective to read from and I can only thank Spotswood’s wonderful writing for making Cate such a great character with an addictive voice. Jessica’s writing style was great, but the one thing I found is that sometimes I found some of the scenes to drag on far too long for my liking, however, with that being said; I really do love her writing as it was rich in description that was captivating and beautiful all at once.

Born Wicked takes place in a historical setting, which was evident whilst I read the book, but Spotswood had this great way of making me enjoy the story as if it were a modern tale. I’m not quite sure how to explain it other than: this book, despite the historic setting, will appeal to the modern day audience.

I loved this book and all of its characters and the scenes in which they took part, which made the book as addictive as it was for me. There were some great romance scenes that managed to get my heart racing more than a few times. For some reason I found this book to be filled with suspense and I loved every second of it, eagerly awaiting what plot twist would come next!

Born Wicked is a fantastic debut about witches that were done extremely well and made this book all the more enjoyable! This book is definitely one of my favorites!
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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

{Waiting on Wednesday} 21: Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time.
Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday—to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner... and so is Aiden.
If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"—which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time—she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.
But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.
Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...
I have yet to read Pure; the second book in the Covenant series, but I loved Half-Blood so much that I can't even wait for Deity! Deity is bound to be filled with great action and sizzling romance!
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Monday, 23 April 2012

{Review} The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: 24 April 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: eGalley
Pages: 504
Rating:  4- Great

In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity. 
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. 
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters. Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad. Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.
 My Thoughts:
This was the first book that I had ever read by Julie Kagawa and I found this book to be absolutely thrilling and extremely interesting. I sure as hell, want to read her other books as this was so addictive and I would love to read more of her work.

This was stunning way to start a new series. The Immortal Rules was an original story that I can only say one negative thing about, and that was the fact that this book was long and it felt like it could have been several book that were joined together. However, it was still extremely addictive and fun to read, despite the length.

Allie was a kick-butt character and I think she is very relatable as she has struggled, basically—since birth, and we all struggle in life and it was easy to admire her as a character, as her struggles only made her stronger and more independent and it was incredibly interesting to see how she handled all the obstacles she had to overcome and the curve-balls she had thrown at her.

Kagawa did a great job with keeping me entertained throughout this book as she knows exactly when to throw curve-balls, throughout this book there were mini climaxes that made the book so enjoyable, especially with her flawless writing style!

This book is about vampire’s and that may throw some people off, but whether you are burned out or not, I suggest you read this because this book was a dystopian in my opinion that was what is was due to the vampires, having over run the city and they now use people for blood. The concept of this book was incredible and so much fun as it added the thrill of the action and adventure.

The character’s were so much fun to read about, I adored Caleb and could imagine him perfectly in my mind, if you love vampires, babies, kick-butt heroines and dystopian societies; I recommend that you read this amazing book!
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Sunday, 22 April 2012

{Review} Perception by Kim Harrington

Release Date: 1 March 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Kindle Edition
Pages: 288
Rating:  5- Wonderful

When you can see things others can't, what do you do when someone's watching you? 
Everybody knows about Clarity "Clare" Fern. She's the psychic girl in school, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past. 
Only Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her. 
But then someone starts playing with her head . . . and heart. Messages and gifts from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the gorgeous boy who gets Clare's pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare's hopeful ex-boyfriend who'd do anything to win her back? 
One thing is certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared.
My Thoughts:
 In Clarity, I instantly fell for the characters in the book and found myself addicted to the mystery and intrigue that can be found within Harrington’s writing. I was so excited when I got the chance to immerse myself in her writing, in Perception.

Perception starts off pretty much where Clarity ended and follows a new set of events. The first chapter was short and extremely enticing because it was an exciting little glimpse at what was to come. Another factor that made this book so addictive was the fact that every chapter pretty much has a cliff hanger of some sort and it made the book so entertaining as it meant that there were many suspenseful events that could keep any reader entertained.

Clarity is an interesting character that has developed from the first book in the series—to me that is. I feel like the whole cast of characters is just as fun to read about as they were initially and even more so due to the new circumstances they find themselves in.

Kim Harrington’s writing is simple, effective and addictive. Simple as that. No matter what I believe that her books will always be addictive due to the fact that she is able to weave mystery into her stories that will keep you guessing—I often found that I was guessing who did what and trying to figure out who was suspicious and who wasn’t and I turned out to be wrong sometimes and others, I had been wrong.

Throughout this book, I was on the edge of my seat and wanted more! So am eagerly anticipating Kim Harrington’s next book and hopefully it will be filled with just as much intrigue, mystery and suspense as Clarity and Perception have been!
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Friday, 20 April 2012

{In My Mailbox} 16

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at: The Story Siren. You can find official information like how to participate, why it was started and other goodies about IMM on the IMM Page.
In My Mailbox This Week:
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (read my review here)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (read my review here)
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr (read my review here)
Fever by Lauren DeStefano (read my review here)
Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

This IMM was a catch up post from not posting an IMM last week or the week before, I also received more; but will be saving it for next week's IMM post!
What did you receive in your Mailbox this week?

{Review} Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

Release Date: 31 January 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 516
Rating:  5- Wonderful

Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.She’s been warned. Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself. She’ll be betrayed.Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay.
My Thoughts:
 At first I was hesitant to start reading another book about Angels and Demons so to speak as I had begun to think that I was extremely burned out on angel books and was dreading the fact that I may not enjoy this book. I was instantly drawn into this book when I read the first page—I was hooked.

The book starts off with action and made me addicted right from the beginning. Courtney Allison Moulton sure knows how to write action scenes; filled with rich description that demanded my attention and truly made me visualize the scenes extremely vividly. I found myself enjoying the various action sequences, whereas I would usually find them boring. But Moulton sure knows how to write an action scene that is truly entertaining and fantastic.

In other scenes I found myself to be thoroughly entertained too, especially in some of the scenes that one could only swoon over and that seemed too heat up the entire book.

Moulton writing did not disappoint as she kept me entertained throughout the entire book. It’s simple, descriptive where it needed to be and effective. Her action and sizzling scenes were the two aspects where she really shone as an author for me.

The chemistry between Will and Ellie was clearly evident in this book and I loved each and every single character in this book despite the amount (there are many awesome characters in this book). I felt that Ellie was more quirky in this book and I often found myself laughing at some of the things she said in her dialogue.

This book did not disappoint one bit, and I am glad that the sequel lived up to the first book in the series, to me; Wings of the Wicked was even better than Angelfire and I look forward to the final book in the trilogy. This book was sizzling, sexy, action-packed and so much fun to read!
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Thursday, 19 April 2012

{Review} The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Release Date: 10 January 2012
Publisher: Dutton
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 313
Rating:  5- Wonderful

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. 
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
My Thoughts:
I had heard so many things about John Green—such amazing things about him and his books. The Fault In Our Stars exploded onto the scene and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to read a book by John Green for the first time.

There was so much hype that I was afraid that as I begun to read it, that it would disappoint me. But instantly I was addicted and drawn into Hazel’s compelling story.

Hazel and Augustus are two quirky characters in my opinion and I loved the odd and romantic relationship they had, they were true and sincere to one another despite the events that take place within the book. Green sure knows how to throw in curve balls that slap you in the face and then keep you on the edge of your seat.

This book was about cancer in a sense—more Hazel’s story and her struggles, but at the same time, this book was humorous and was a bit hard for me to read as it ripped my heart into pieces. When I was twelve or so, I lost my best friend to leukaemia. It was hard and I didn’t really experience the pain and mourning I should have then, that I did whilst reading this book. Losing someone is not easy as many of you may know and dealing with not having that person makes life hard for you.

John Green’s book throws one majore curveball at the end of the book which made me sad, but the last words on the final page left me the most breathless and kept me up thinking because the writing was so beautiful and humorous, but at the same time it tore me up inside—but those final words are what actually made me happy—they gave the story a sincere ending despite what shocking things may have occurred.

By then end of the book I was happy, sad, depressed, joyful and whatever other emotions you can feel. I also happened to fall in love with John Green’s books and plan on definitely reading more of them!

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

{Waiting on Wednesday} 20: Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Everything is in ruins.
A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.
So what does Araby Worth have to live for?
Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.
But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.
And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.
This cover is absolutely awesome and oh so intriguing. I have heard so many great things about Maque of Red Death and cannot wait to get my hands on a copy to instantly immerse myself in! 

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

{Giveaway} Springing into Spring Giveaway over on A Cupcake & A Latte

When the opportunity arises to support one of my favorite blogs and a blogger that I truly idolize comes along, I will do what I can. How much better does it get when a giveaway of some of the freshest upcoming YA titles is included?
Wendy over at A Cupcake and A Latte is an awesome blogger who I look up to and aspire to be like! She is a hard worker and is truly an amazing blogger! Did I mention that she is even generous enough to host this awesome giveaway?

Here's What You Can Win:
1 winner will be randomly selected among valid giveaway entries to win 1 book of their choice from the below fabulous spring YA releases!
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Monday, 16 April 2012

{Review} Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Release Date: 31 January 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Rating:  4- Great

New soul
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
No soul
Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies--human and creature alike--let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

My Thoughts:
Incarnate has a beautiful cover that looks even better on the actual hard cover than it does on the internet. It is intriguing and beautiful and only makes you wonder if the world inside—in the pages of this books—are equally as beautiful.

This book was different and something that I had heard good and bad things about, but luckily I found little to my disliking. Meadows’ writing is something completely different to what I have ever read and I cannot exactly pin point her style but it sure is beautiful. Her description and use of diction left me amazed and kept me wanting to read more as I ravished myself in this world.

The world building was quite good in this book and fitted the cover, for me though, there were so many threads left open and I am hoping that these unanswered questions will be explored and answered within the next book, as I will definitely be reading the next book.

While reading Incarnate; I sometimes found that I did not know where everything was set because I was lost in the beautiful writing—I do not know if this is a good or bad thing, but I often had to reread pages to get a sense of where the scene’s were set. This may have just been me falling in love with the way Jodi Meadows’ writing style.

Ana was an interesting character and it was fun and relatable for me to read from someone’s point of view who is also an outsider in a sense. Ana’s story is compelling and I will be happy to pick up the next book and continue reading her beautifully written story.
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