31 May 2012

Film Review: Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

(May contain spoilers)

Director: Guy Ritchie
Writers: Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Stars/Characters: Robert Downey Jr./Sherlock Holmes, Jude Law/Dr. Watson, Noomi Rapace/Madam Simza, Rachel McAdams/Irene, Jared Harris/Professor James Moriarty, Stephen Fry/Mycroft Holmes,
Cinema Release Date: 16th December 2011
Date Watched (DVD): 26th May 2012
Rating Given: ***

This particular film I don't think is an actual Sherlock Holmes book but it is Sherlock Holmes none the less. I can't remember if I have read any of the books I think I might have for my English class which was over 10 years ago now.

I have now watched both the Sherlock films by Guy Ritchie and I do love them but this time round it just wasn't as good as the first. I was lost for most of the film as it is what Sherlock is planning first and then it will go into near enough the same action it just was too confusing. It was probably like that in the first one as well but it just worked better than it did this time.

Although there was a lot of dark things happening it was still able to keep the film light hearted with the humour. I was laughing more often than not which I love it when a film can make you feel more than one emotion as there was times where it was really sad as well. There was always something going on which if it wasn't for all the action and humour I would have probably wanted to turn it off.

I love the characters and the partnership between Holmes and Watson was brilliant definitely one of the best cast films as I think everything that does work is because of the interaction between these two characters.

Overall I was a little disappointed as it just wasn't as good as the first one but still a good film that you probably need to watch more than once so that you can actually understand the goings on.

30 May 2012

Book Review: Raised By Wolves (Raised by Wolves #1)

Raised By Wolves (Raised By Wolves #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Published: 30th September 2010
Pages: 418
Main Characters: Bryn, Chase, Callum
Date Started: 24th May 2012
Date Finished: 30th May 2012
Rating Given: ****

Blurb from Goodreads:

At the age of four, Bryn watched a rogue werewolf brutally murder her parents. Alone in the world, she was rescued and taken in by the mysterious Callum, the alpha of his werewolf pack. Now fifteen, Bryn’s been raised as a human among werewolves, adhering to pack rule (mostly). Little fazes her.

But the pack’s been keeping a secret, and when Bryn goes exploring against Callum’s direct orders, she finds Chase, a newly turned teen Were locked in a cage. Terrifying memories of the attack on her mom and dad come flooding back. Bryn needs answers, and she needs Chase to get them. Suddenly, all allegiances to the pack no longer matter. It’s Bryn and Chase against the werewolf world, whatever the consequences.

I had wanted this book for a while and when I found it on someones swap list I jumped at the chance but that was last year now and I have only just gotten around to reading it but now I'm wishing I had started this series sooner as I really enjoyed reading it.

The cover for this book I really do like as it's all blue or tinged with blue but then there is also a metallic finish to it which I think makes the book stand out even more. I love the way the title has been done as again it's something that makes the title stand out and because there isn't too much going on in the cover it doesn't make it look too much and I don't think it would have looked as good if it was just a normal and simple font. I don't think that the cover ties in with the story but in this case I don't think it matters.

This is my first book written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes but I don't think it will be my last as she has a great way of getting me into the story and making me rout for the lead character. It's also explained in a way that gets me to actually see the surroundings which doesn't always happen for me. At first though Bryn would have thoughts or flashbacks which was confusing but once I got used to it it was less confusing. I really was able to get lost in the world that Barnes created.

I have read a few Werewolves books but I would say this is one of my favourites as I love the different take on the Were's and I also love the idea of a human girl being raised by the wolves. There was always something going on which kept me wanting to read just that bit more and the more I read the more I fell in love with the book I am very much looking forward to read what the rest of the series has to offer because if this is anything to go by it will only get better and better.

I found that all the characters was likable some even more so. Bryn is a great character who has great strength especially the things that she has seen and hasn't crumbled. She is also feisty and very stubborn all the qualities to make a great lead female character that you just can't help routing for. There was times when she was a bit annoying but in the end like the other characters you just can't not forgive her. Chase I don't think we got to know enough of so he is still a bit of a mystery which I hope gets solved in the next books. I seemed to feel whatever Bryn was feeling most likely because it's told from her point of view but because of this I never knew if I should trust Callum throughout most of the book so I don't really know what to think of him. There was some other characters that wasn't in it enough which included Devon and Lake as they had great personalities that just made me laugh I hope we see more from these two as I think they could be my favourite characters ever.

Overall a great start to the Raised By Wolves series I just hope it can continue in the same way.

Book Cover: Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

When I was sent a review copy of this book last week it wasn't actually this cover but more of a hint of what was to come which I actually loved but then when this was revealed I fell in love with it even more.
I love that the colours have been kept the same with just a few parts highlighted with a completely different colour but for me the colours work well and makes everything stand out even more.
I can't actually tell what is going on in the background it looks like trees but they are faded so I might be wrong. I don't think that it matters though as it's all about the girl.
I love the way it looks like the girl looks like she should be in a graphic novel but I think its better that they have made he this way as then she probably looks like what the actual character is supposed to look like where as if they used an actual image of a girl it would more than likely not look like her which I don't like as I need to have a clear image of the character. I like the way she looks like she is ready for a battle as I think this is what the book is about if I read the synopsis right that is. It's also supposed to be a Cinderella re-telling with a difference but I don't think that Cinderella comes across with this girl but again I think that she is exactly how she is meant to look.
I love the simplicity of the title with a bit of a mixture of elegance as it really does make the title stand out which I think is needed especially with the grey colour used as it could have made it blend into the background but because of the font used and the size it stops it from blending.
I am really looking forward to reading this book I just hope the story lives up to the cover and I have a feeling it just might!

29 May 2012

Teaser Tuesday #24

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

My teasers:

Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

No! The word exploded in my brain, and with it came paralysis. It washed over my body, taking first my legs and then my torso, my arms, even my lips, until I couldn't manage a single cry when Sora's fist crashed into my face again.
I wouldn't fight this.
I couldn't.
My field of vision exploded, first into red, then into black, and then into nothing. Blessed nothing, and numbness, and as black faded to star-tinged gray, I crumpled to the ground.
Unconscious. - Page 191
A really good book so far as loads of things keep happening yet they keep you guessing as well. Looking forward to find out some things.

      The Shapeshifter's Secret by Heather Ostler

It seemed somehow ironic that only yesterday Julia had wanted to make sure things didn't get complicated with this new by she had met. Now, as she crouched low in the dark tunnel, trusting Caleb with her life, she knew things could only be complicated between them. - Page 44
Not a bad start but it does seem a little too juvenile for me but maybe things will pick up soon as I'm not that far into the story.

The Shapeshifter's Secret is a e-arc so therefore the quote may differ to final copy.

28 May 2012

It's Monday What Are You Reading? #31

It's Monday What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey in which we plan our reading week!
(Click on images to send you to Goodreads)

Finished Reading
(Click on title for review)

Currently Reading

Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I'm nearly halfway through this book and I'm really enjoying it I just hope it continues which I think it will as it's just got very entertaining!

The Shapeshifter's Secret by Heather Ostler
Not a bad start but things are now starting to come to light now so we will see if it makes any improvements to it.

Reading Next

Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb
I received this a little while ago now so thought I best get reading it as it's a review copy and it will be coming out soon.

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
This sounds and looks good which I am hoping it actually is good.

That's what I'm planning on reading this week, what's everybody else's plans?

27 May 2012

Showcase Sunday #4

Showcase Sunday is a new weekly Meme that I am taking part of. This weekly meme is hosted by Vicky over at Book, Biscuits and Tea and for more info click on the SS image which will take you straight to the blog.

As you can see in the above picture I received a few books this week which I am so happy about as I don't usually get this many books in one week!

Swap Books

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
This has been on my wishlist for such a long time so when I see it on someones swap list I just had to have it. I am very much looking forward to reading this book.

Review Books

Ascend by Amanda Hocking
I have no idea why I received this book in the post this week as I was already sent it months ago. I think this is a finished copy as it has the bonus story so maybe a future giveaway!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I was so pleased when the UK Bloomsbury was offering the chance to review it I jumped at the chance as I tried to get it on Netgalley but wasn't accepted. The cover that I have is an unfinished copy but I love it, the girl is more of a shadow but I love this version as well.

Gifted Books

I still had some Christmas money left to spend so finally spent it on some books.

Unravelled by Gena Showalter
I know a lot of you said not to rush with this series but with it being just over £3 I couldn't pass up the chance to get it but knowing me it will be awhile until I get around to reading it.

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
I must admit the reason why I got this book was completely cover lust it's just beautiful and now I'm looking forward to reading it I just hope it's as good as the cover. This hardcover was £6.99 on amazon so very cheap for a hardcopy.

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I have been after this book for ages and it doesn't help how much everyone raves about it so I knew I just had to see what all the fuss is about.

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
This series is one of my favourites but when I heard book number 6 isn't out until 2014 I wasn't in a hurry to get this book but when I found it in Tesco's and saw that it was £4.89 I just had to get it.

So that's what I got this week what did everyone else get?

24 May 2012

Book Review: Burn Mark

Burn Mark by Laura Powell

Format: Paperback (arc)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: 7th June 2012
Pages: 416
Main Characters: Glory, Lucas
Date Started: 17th May 2012
Date Finished: 24th May 2012
Rating Given: ***

Blurb from Goodreads:

Glory is from a family of witches and lives beyond the law. She is desperate to develop her powers and become a witch herself. Lucas is the son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition—the witches’ mortal enemy—and his privileged life is very different to the forbidden world that he lives alongside.

And then on the same day, it hits them both. Glory and Lucas develop the Fae—the mark of the witch. In one fell stroke, their lives are inextricably bound together, whether they like it or not . . .

When Bloomsbury publishers sent out a email about this book it sounded like it would be right up my street as I love anything to with magic. Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me this book to review as I did enjoy this new world of magic.

The cover of the book that I got wasn't this cover as it was an arc copy but this cover is stunning. I love the way the fire is in the background with a girls silhouette in the foreground it really does catch my eye and it is kind of in keeping with things that are happening within the book which I love it when covers do that. I like the simple type but in huge letters which makes you sit up and notice what the book is actually called.

This is my first book of Laura Powell and what a book to start with. I love the way she has set up this whole world it made it all the more believable. Powell swaps the point of views over between the two main characters but sometimes it's every other chapter but then by the end it changes throughout the chapter which did get a little confusing especially when there was another characters point of view thrown in.

I loved that it was set in the modern world but with the old fashioned Salem Witch trials views it made it a very interesting read. There was a lot of set up in to the story which made it a slow beginning but then it would build and build until a more action packed ending. What I liked about this book was that you never quite knew who trust as one minute you would think one side was the good guys but then in the next chapter it would change. I think this is going to be a series which I am pleased about as there was some things that happened but didn't get sorted out, however, a lot of the story did get sorted out which makes me think where it will go next if there is another book.

I'm still not 100% sure on the two main characters as they was both stuck in their prejudice ways in which they was brought up but once it got closer to the end views started to change. Glory was a bit annoying to start with as she always seemed to be complaining and she just didn't seem a nice person but again that did change by the end. Lucas to start with seemed just as head strong and I'm still not sure I completely warmed to him. There did seem to be a start of a potential romance maybe if there are more books we will see more of this which I did miss from this book.

Overall a good start to what I hope will be a brilliant series. I am looking forward to reading more from Laura Powell.

23 May 2012

Book Review: Torn

Torn by Stephanie Guerra

Format: e-arc
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Published: 15th May 2012
Pages: 272
Main Characters: Stella, Ruby
Date Started: 17th May 2012
Date Finished: 23rd May 2012
Rating Given: ***

Blurb from Netgalley:

Stella Chavez is your classic good girl: straight A's, clean-cut boyfriends, and soccer trophies. You'd never guess that Stella's dad was a drug addict who walked out when she was a kid Or that inside, Stella wishes for something more.New girl Ruby Caroline seems like Stella's polar opposite: cursing, smoking, and teetering in sky-high heels. But with Ruby, Stella gets a taste of another world, a world in which parents act like roommates, college men are way more interesting than high school boys, and there is nothing that shouldn't be tried once. It's not long before Stella finds herself torn: between the best friend she's ever had and the friends she's known forever, between her family and her own independence, between who she was and who she wants to be. But Ruby has a darker side, a side she doesn't show anyone, not even Stella. As Stella watches her friend slowly unravel, she will have to search deep inside herself for the strength to be a true friend, even if it means committing the ultimate betrayal.

I actually can't remember why I wanted to review this book but seeing as I needed to read it before it was archived I thought I better start it and I'm kind of glad I did as it was something that was completely different to what I usually read which is something I should do more often.

Although I can't remember why I wanted to review I think it might have had something to do with the cover which I love just because of the simplicity of it usually I like covers that are more obviously beautiful but not this time.

I do like the style of writing that Guerra uses it's very easy to read and explains everything in enough detail so that I know what is actually happening around them. There was something off about it though but I'm not sure whether this is because of it being an unfinished copy but throughout the book people would be saying things but you wouldn't actually know it was spoken out loud as there was no quotation marks around the sentence which did get very annoying (if anyone has a finished copy please let me know if it's the same or if it was just down to it not being finished).

This book was more about real life and it's issues for the younger generation. There was so many issues throughout this book that made me want to find out how they was going to get resolved. It was nice to have a rest from all the action packed books as this was a quick book to read especially with the short chapters and it was also interesting in a non-action kind of way. There was parts where I was laughing out loud and also parts that was moving which I nearly cried at these particular scene's. I did find that there was a few things that did go unsolved which was a shame as it could have maybe gone up a rating. It was a sweet ending though which I was pleased about.

The characters I kind of liked but at times I did want to shake them. Stella was the best character who has to put up with a lot with her family and her personal life but because of that it makes her more likable. The choices that she had to make where so hard and I'm not sure I would have the guts to make the same choices. With Ruby I'm not sure about she seemed like a good enough friend but at times she was very selfish. There are things that happened to her in the book that I don't think was resolved enough especially with the drugs.

Overall a good book about strong issues that I would recommend for people who want a quick but not so light hearted read.

Book Cover: The Morganville Vampire Series

The Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine

This is the UK version of this particular series and for once I prefer the UK covers. I have actually read up to book 10 so this time I know that the covers match up to the story I actually don't know why I've stopped reading them but I will read them soon as it's just a brilliant series.
I have only shown you the first cover as the rest are very similar apart from the colour and the person but it still is a girl throughout the series so far. Sometimes you see just the face and in some of the others you see the whole body but it still matches each other which as you may know by know I love it when a series covers matches one another as then we know they are apart of the same series.
Out of the whole series of covers that are out so far I think this might just be my favourite cover but it is a close one though. There is not one part of this cover that I don't like it just looks stunning.
The patterns on this cover really do stand out especially the ones in blue and on the actual cover I think they stand out even more because they look brighter.
Her hair and eyes seem to match the colours that have been used in some of the patterns which makes it look all the more effective which I think is the same throughout each of the books.
The blood splatters and the blood coming from her mouth stand even more than what they normally would but because its the only other colour on the cover makes it stand out. I like that they have used blood as it shows the reader what the book is all about.
The title's font looks beautiful in a Gothic but elegant way it just draws my eye straight too it. Usually with everything going on in the background and then the fancy font would look too much but in this case it just adds more drama to the cover which there is a lot of drama in these books.
Overall a beautiful set of covers for a beautiful series.

22 May 2012

Teaser Tuesday #23

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

My teasers:

Burn Mark by Laura Powell

'Nothing really changes here, does it? Same old, same old. It's not too late for us. It could be different for you.'
No, it's too late for me as well, thought Glory. I've agreed to bring a government spy into our home. Whatever happened afterwards, she knew nothing in their lives would be the same.
Awkwardly, she bent down and kissed her dad's bald spot. 'I know what I'm doing.' she said. - Page 184

Not much happened at the beginning but now it's getting really interesting. I am looking forward to seeing what is going to happen next.

       Torn by Stephanie Guerra

He nodded knowingly. "See? I'll win you over yet."
The smugness in Kenneth's voice sucked the laughter right out of me. I glanced at Ruby, who was busy arranging her feet in the basin, and gave him a cool stare. "No, you won't." I said only loud enough for him to hear. - Page 138

A good enough book but nothing very interest lets hope it picks up soon.

Both teasers are arc copies so the quotes could differ to final copies.

21 May 2012

It's Monday What Are You Reading? #30

It's Monday What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey in which we plan our reading week!
(Click on images to send you to Goodreads)

Finished Reading
(Click on title for review)

Currently Reading

Burn Mark by Laura Powell
This book has started off a little slow but now things are starting to happen and it's getting very interesting. I am looking forward to see what is going to happen next.

Torn by Stephanie Guerra
I am kind of liking this book at the moment at the moment it seems to be a coming of age book but nothing too interested has happened so far and am nearly halfway through so something needs to happen soon.

Reading Next

Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I am finally going to make myself start this book this week as it's been on my shelf for a long time now maybe even since last year!

The Watchers by Jon Steele
This one sounded good on Netgalley but a long one still going to try and read it though.

That's my reading plan of the week, what's yours?

20 May 2012

Showcase Sunday #3

Showcase Sunday is a new weekly Meme that I am taking part of. This weekly meme is hosted by Vicky over at Book, Biscuits and Tea and for more info click on the SS image which will take you straight to the blog.

I only received one book this week but I thought I would show you anyways :)

Swap Book

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

This book has been on my wishlist for so long but never really got around to actually getting it so when someone wanted to swap one of my books and found this was on hers I jumped at the chance to get a copy.

17 May 2012

Book Review: Scarlet

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

Format: Paperback (arc)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Published: 7th June 2012
Pages: 292
Main Characters: Scarlet, Rob, John, Much
Date Started: 13th May 2012
Date Finished: 16th May 2012
Rating Given: *****

Blurb from Goodreads:

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance. Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire.

Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

I love re-telling but all I seem to read are fairytale re-telling which don't get me wrong I love. I also love Robin Hood stories whether it's in film or TV format and now in a book. So when you put these two things together it's something that I just had to read and I'm glad I did. I did actually receive this on Netgalley but for some reason I just never got around to reading it so when the chance came for me to receive a hard copy from the UK publishers at Bloomsbury I jumped at the chance and now I can't thank them enough for giving me this chance to review as I completely fell in love with this book.

With the cover I wasn't too keen on it to start with but the more I look at it the more I love it. I am glad that they used a model with piercing eyes that just draw you in as this is mentioned in the book about her eyes being the thing that can give her away so for me that was fitting as other covers don't always match the characteristics of the main character. I love that the title is in scarlet as again this is in keeping with the story and even the title. I just think the whole thing works as it just ties the story together.

Scarlet is A. C. Gaughen's debut novel and what a debut it is. The style of writing is different to what I am used to reading but it didn't matter as I was able to get into that style straight away. I can't wait to read more from this author and I hope she will start with a follow up to this story as I felt there could be more to come but so far on Goodreads this is a stand alone :(

There was always something going on in this book it kept me entertained and hooked as every chapter went by and by the time I was coming to an end I just didn't want it to finish I want more and need more. It was a great suspense novel that kept me guessing all the way until the end. There was a few action scenes that worked so well that I was able to keep up with what was going on and I think they would translate well into a film. This book is definitely one I would re-read over and over again which doesn't happen very often.

The characters I loved. There's not many female characters that I love but Scarlet is one of them as she's a strong independent woman that I feel is a refreshing change especially from the Robin Hood era when they are supposed to be seen but not heard. I didn't even mind that we didn't know that much about her until near the end as I felt we knew just as much as the other characters. She was sometimes a little annoying but I can forgive her for that. Rob I loved but I have always loved Rob from the other versions but this time he did get a bit annoying especially around Scarlet as he kept giving her mixed messages but I didn't mind too much as he is Rob after all! John I also loved he was a sweetheart even if he was a bit of a male slut but you just knew how he was feeling and by the end I really felt for him. Much was very much a contender for best character and I don't think we got to see enough of him.

Overall I loved everything about this book and I think it needs to be a film I just need to see this on the big screen.

Book Review: Exiled (The Never Chronicles #1)

Exiled (The Never Chronicles #1)

Format: e-arc
Publisher: Live Oak
Published: 5th May 2012
Pages: 288
Main Characters: James
Date Started: 8th May 2012
Date Finished: 16th May 2012
Rating Given: **

Blurb from Netgalley:

Prophesied by the greatest of all seers to be the sorcerer who would bring an end to the Epoch Terminus—the destruction of his kind—James grew up developing his powers under the watchful eye of his mentor, Akil Karanis.
James’s insular world is shattered when he is found guilty of murdering Akil and exiled to The Never, a mysterious and dangerous place reserved for the worst of the worst, a land from which no one returns.
Powerless and alone, James quickly learns that the land itself poses a greater threat than its inhabitants. If he is to have any chance of returning to his family, any chance of proving his innocence, any chance of saving his kind, he must survive the dangers and temptations meant to ensnare both body and mind in order to discover what no one else has been able to discover—a way home.

When looking through the new books that Netgalley had, I stumbled across this which sounded really good that I just had to try and I'm not sure whether I should have bothered as I ended up not liking it like I thought I would.

The cover looked a little creepy with using darker tones. I loved that it looks like they have used a photograph as it gives it a more realistic feel and something I was able to visualise a lot better than other books have done in the past. Also inside the book at the beginning of each chapter was a little drawing of what was happening and it again actually looked like a drawing rather than what someone did on a computer. With the drawings being there I was also able to get an image in my mind of what was going on and what the surrounding where like. It was definitely needed as I didn't get any of that through the actual words which was a shame.

I actually tried to start this book a couple of days before the date in which I stated but at that time I was tired and couldn't get into the first chapter but then when I went back to it I found that I still couldn't get into it I should have took the hint the first time round. It does actually start with things happening which I do usually like but to me it just didn't feel right. It was also very confusing as it jumps around in different time periods. First it would be that particular present time and then every other chapter would be where it would jump back and forth in time that it just got confusing. There was a couple of chapters where I thought here we go it's finally getting started but then it would go to a different time period where I am left wondering what happened in that particular time. I think if it wasn't for that I think this could have been a really good book but it just ended up being too confusing and nothing seemed to get wrapped up but maybe that's just because it's the first in a series and hopefully it will get better with the books to come although I'm not sure it's a series I want to continue with.

With the characters I didn't feel like I got to know them as well as what I have done in other books. I did start to warm to James he seemed to be nice enough as well as a strong guy I think there's going to be more about him that will come out in the next books as well as the other books.

Overall to me this book seemed more like an introduction to the world but I just couldn't get into which is such a shame as the outline did show promise but because I struggled with this I just don't think I could continue on in this journey.

Film Review: The Lucky One

The Lucky One

(May contain spoilers)

Director: Scott Hicks
Writers: Will Fetters (Screenplay), Nicholas Sparks (Novel)
Stars/Characters: Zac Efron/Logan, Taylor Schilling/Beth, Blythe Danner/Ellie, Riley Thomas Stewart/Ben, Jay R. Ferguson/Keith
Cinema Release Date: 2nd May 2012
Date Watched: 13th May 2012
Rating Given: ****

I have not actually read the book version but when I had seen the trailers for it I just knew I had to see it and I'm glad that I did as I really enjoyed it and I now want to read the book.

I really enjoyed this film as I felt it had a bit for everyone with the fighting at the beginning and the will they-won't they relationship as well as family issues and of course the tears we come to expect from Nicholas Sparks.

It was nice to see Zac Efron looking and even playing a more grown up part which I think he did a great job as he was believable in his moods and actions. I also loved the bond that was portrayed between him and the dogs especially his although all the way through I was thinking please don't let any of those dogs die (won't spoil it for you). I really did like the way the guy who played Keith acted his part as I did really end up hating him but then there was times that I understood him and by the end I did end up forgiving his past mistakes. The chemistry between Logan and Beth was very believable and I just wanted everything to work out for them. For me though the scene stealer would have to be Riley Thomas Stewart as throughout this film he was just adorable.

Overall I really enjoyed this film and would watch it again although maybe when it's released on DVD. It's not the best film I have seen this year but I would definitely recommend that you give it a try.

16 May 2012

Book Cover: Dark Kiss

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

I love everything about this cover even the title it makes me very intrigued to what is actually going to happen in this book (Click on the image and it will take you to goodreads) and I am very much looking forward to reading it when it comes out.
The first thing that draws my eye into this cover is the black wings as I do love a good angel book and because of the wings I assume it's about angels maybe even fallen angels but that is me just guessing the black just might represent the darkness of the world they are living in. I love the way that the wings have a more realistic feel to them as they look like feathers and not all wings look as good as what these do.
With the guy being on the front cover it makes me think that there could well be a romance as well as the clue in the title but this romance sounds like a forbidden love which I hope it is because I love those stories.
I love the background it's very much in keeping with the whole cover but a bit lighter which then highlights the guy. The buildings in the background don't look as realistic as the wings which is a shame but I don't think it matters too much as it's not what our eye is drawn too.
I love that the title takes the centre stage with it being in the middle it's one of the things that I first notice especially with it being so close to those beautiful wings. I also like the style of font that is used as it gives the whole thing a more elegant feel to the book and it doesn't look too much for the cover like some other covers do it just adds that bit extra to the book cover.
Overall a stunningly beautiful book that I can't wait to get my hands on I just hope the actual book lives up to it.

15 May 2012

Teaser Tuesday #22

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

My teasers:

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

"Something to discuss with me, Guy of Gisbourne?" Rob called. The people scattered at this chance, the second captive forgotten.
"Guards!" Gisbourne called drawing his sword.
I couldn't resist. I'm a thief; we weren't never good with temptation, honestly. I pulled a knife out and flicked it; with the clear angle, it sliced a deep line into his left cheekbone. Blood began to drip fast, I noticed with a grin. - Page 76

I love this twist on a Robin Hood classic and I can't wait to read more as I think there are loads of secrets that are bound to come out soon.

              Exiled by J. R. Wagner

Margaret stared into his eyes. "That man is dead. Whoever we saw today is an impostor. Remember, James, magic is a deceiver's best friend. We must be hesitant in our trust of anyone."
"Especially the dead," A voice from behind them said. They both turned toward the sound. - Page 156

I'm not into this one as much as the other book that I'm reading. It's slow and confusing.

Both books are arc copies so quotes may differ to final finished copy.

14 May 2012

It's Monday What Are You Reading? #29

It's Monday What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey in which we plan our reading week!
(Click on images to send you to Goodreads)

Finished Reading
(Click on title for review)
Currently Reading
Exiled by J. R. Wagner
I am just over halfway through with this book and I can't seem to get into it at all. It's very confusing as the dates jump all over the place. I just can't wait to finish it so I can start something new.

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen
I only started this one yesterday but already I am loving it and I can't wait to find out what has/is going to happen.

Reading Next

Burn Mark by Laura Powell

Torn by Stephanie Guerra

Looking forward to reading both of these books as they both look very interesting.

That's my week of reading planned, what's your reading plan?


13 May 2012

Book Review: Dead Beautiful (Dead Beautiful #1)

Dead Beautiful (Dead Beautiful #1) by Yvonne Woon

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Usborne
Published: 1st May 2011
Pages: 505
Main Characters: Renee, Dante
Date Started: 6th May 2012
Date Finished: 12th May 2012
Rating Given: ****

Blurb from Goodreads:

After Renee Winters discovers her parents lying dead in California’s Redwood Forest in what appears to be a strange double murder, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, “crude sciences,” and Latin: the Language of the Dead. It’s here she meets Dante, a dark and elusive student to whom she feels inexplicably drawn.
As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and their desires gradually deepen into a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret. A secret so terrible, it has him fearing for Renee’s life.
Dante’s not the only one with secrets, though. Turns out Gottfried Academy has a few of its own... Like, how come students keep disappearing? Why are the prefect-like Monitors creeping around campus during the night? And what exactly are the Headmistress and Professors really up to? Renee is determined to find out why.
Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.

I had been after this book for such a long time that the more I was left waiting the more I wanted to read it and finally at Christmas I was given it but it has taken me awhile to actually read it but now that I have read it I loved it just as much as what I thought I would have. I am also kind of glad that I have left it for a while as now the second book is out so I should be able to remember what has happened.

The cover I am not too sure about as it's not the best cover that I have seen but I do like the way that it has a eerie look about it which I think ties into the eerie feel of the actual story. I like the way that it has that particular tag line on top of the cover as that really did capture my interest and kind of gives you a clue to what you would expect from the book. Every chapter had a few moths around the top part which I really did love the way that it looked. What I didn't like about the chapters was how long that they where as I prefer short chapters as I feel like I can read the book quicker whereas with this book felt like it took a bit too long to read but I can forgive this book because the story was interesting enough to make me continue through the chapters and also there was little gaps between each chapter where I could stop if needed.

I loved the way that something big happened in the first chapter as it made me intrigued to what was going to happen to the character next. Although it did slow down after the first chapter and did take a little while to get going again. I did find it a very interesting book that was full of mystery but I do wish that we found out what was happening sooner. I am looking forward to the next book as the build of this one was great and left me wanting more. There was bits of what was happening that reminded me of Twilight so I was expecting something different to what we actually got which I am glad about as then it made it different to the other books that I have read and I am sure it will get more unique as the story continues.

The characters was likable enough but I just wanted them with a bit more fire in their bellies. Renee was an interesting character as you just know that there is something different about her and the same goes for Dante. She was a bit too obsessed with Dante for my liking but by the end I got the obsession so I didn't mind what she was like at the beginning. Apart from that flaw she did seem like a strong person that has gone through a great ordeal and I have a feeling that it isn't going to stop there. Dante was very mysterious for the most of the book and didn't get the attraction to him straight away but by the end I did find him a sweet guy. There was a couple of other side characters that seemed really nice but I was expecting them to be not as nice as they seemed so I could never truly like them.

Overall a great start to a story that I think will just get better and better and I can't wait to find out more!

Showcase Sunday #2

Showcase Sunday is a new weekly Meme that I am taking part of instead of In My Mailbox. This weekly meme is hosted by Vicky over at Book, Biscuits and Tea and for more info click on the SS image which will take you straight to the blog.

                                                        Gifted book

                                                         Hourglass by Myra McEntire

I was gifted this book as a RAK from Cassie @ The Anfractuous Bookaholic 
This book has been on my wishlist for ages now so I'm really grateful for this gift and I can't wait to read it.

Netgalley Books

Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade

Otherkin by Nina Berry

So that's the books that I received this week, what books did you get this week?

10 May 2012

Film Review: Avengers Assemble

Avengers Assemble

(May contain spoilers)

Director: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon (Screenplay/story), Zak Penn (Story), Stan Lee (Comic Book), Jack Kirby (Comic Book)
Stars/Characters: Robert Downey Jr./Iron Man, Chris Evans/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo/The Hulk, Chris Hemsworth/Thor, Scarlett Johansson/Black Widow, Tom Hiddleston/Loki, Samuel L. Jackson/Nick Fury
Cinema Release Date: 26th April 2012
Date Watched: 6th May 2012
Rating Given: *****

Like Thor this is a comic turned into a film but I wanted to review it as I had done with Thor and also I loved every minute of this film.

Apart from Thor I haven't watched any of the other films about these particular superhero's but because I have known about the films and the names I was able to understand what was going on and who was who so I don't think you need to see them before watching this film but I wish I had just because I think they could be just as good as this film. I know I will watch them at some point especially Iron Man he seems to be the most interesting character and the funniest.

I found that there was so many funny parts to this film and not just Iron Man as they all seemed to have a funny moment. I wasn't expecting to laugh as much as I did as I just thought it would be all action and it wasn't but I loved it anyway. There was never a dull moment int his film if I wasn't laughing I was on the edge of my seat. It's just an all round brilliant film.

I watched it in 3D which made the scenery look that much realistic and plus I loved seeing Chris Hemsworth in 3D and the rest of the actors of course! I do find that watching a film in 3D can be hard to watch at first as it gives me a bit of a headache and also I find it hard to see it at first but once I get used to I love it I just have to remind myself time and time again not to take the glasses off during the film as I go back to square one.

I really hope there is going to be more from the Avengers it has left it open for another and I am sure it will be just as brilliant as this one.

Overall I just can't put it into words at how much I loved this film as it was awesome and definitely my favourite film that I have watched all year I would recommend anyone who is thinking about watching this film to watch it now you won't be disappointed.

9 May 2012

Book Cover: Bunheads

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

This cover really does draw my eye to it as it is very eye catching and because of it I had to read it. I haven't read it yet but I do have it on my shelf waiting for me to read it however, this version is the US copy and I have the UK one which only has the one ballerina. The part I love the most about this cover is the way it's repetitive and looks more like a piece of art.
I also like the way that the title has been centred which does make it stand out but I do feel as though it needs to look more bolder to make it pop just as much as the ballerina's do. I don't think that that matters too much though because of it being slap bang in the middle your eye is then immediately draw to the title. What I don't think works well for this cover is the author's name I don't think it stands out at all and I really had to look closely to actually see it. Maybe it should have gone underneath the title or have it in black and then centre it on the dresses.
The UK version may not be as eye catching as this one but it does give the girl more of a spotlight and all the writing is visible which I think is needed more than the picture as we need to know the title and author.
After reading the blurb on Goodreads (click the picture and it will take you to it) it looks like the cover matches what the book is actually about which I love when a cover can tell what it's about rather than having nothing to do with the story so then we can tell if it is something we could enjoy reading. I think I might just like it as I love dance films although I have never read a dance based book before but I'm sure I will enjoy it (fingers crossed).

8 May 2012

Teaser Tuesday #21

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

My teaser (only one book this week):

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

I blinked once, and everything except for Dante seemed muted and distant. I stared at him - horrified, confused, excited - at his lips, parted and drawing breath into his body as he tried to understand what had just happened, and knew that nothing would ever be the same. - Page 122

So far an interesting book where things are happening but nothing figured out yet!

7 May 2012

Book Review: Intertwined (Intertwined #1)

Intertwined (Intertwined #1) by Gena Showalter

Format: Paperback
Publishers: Mira Books
Published: 1st February 2011
Pages: 454
Main Characters: Aden, Mary Ann, Riley, Victoria
Date Started: 1st May 2012
Date Finished: 6th May 2012
Rating Given: *****

Blurb from Goodreads:

There’s something about the new guy at Crossroads High…

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can possess another human.
One can tell the future.

Everyone thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.

Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger... but not everyone will come out alive.

I had been after this book for a long time and then when I found it on offer I jumped at the chance of reading it, however that was a year ago and it's just been sitting on my shelf and the only reason I can think of for doing that is because there was other books that came out and I just had to read them first now I wish I started this sooner! I have read a couple of Showalter's adult books and did really enjoy them but for some reason I have stopped reading them as I seem to be on a YA kick so I knew that I would love this book and I wasn't wrong. Showalter can create brilliantly addicting worlds that I just get sucked into as I just love her style it doesn't seem she can put a foot wrong.

The book cover isn't that eye catching but I do love the colours and I love the title font as it really does intertwine with each letter which I think matches the title and it also makes it look that bit more interesting. The other covers in the series are similar to this but for some reason look better and I can't wait to have them all on my shelf.

When I first started this book I wasn't sure that I was going to get into it as it was very confusing but once I had a better understanding to what was going on I found that i was able to forgive the confusion and could give it the full five stars that it well and truly deserves. Even though it was confusing things did happen from the moment that it started and continued in that manner until the moment it finished. I think that, that was why I was able to continue with the book at the beginning when I didn't get what was going on I was still enthralled in this particular world.

The main characters I loved straight away I don't even think I have a favourite as they where all equally brilliant. I was so into these characters that I was able to laugh and cry along with them. The relationship between all of them was great to watch and just to see how they grew together I can't wait to find out what is going to happen next with them all as a group and even individually. You just can't help falling in love with them they all seem like strong people who have gone through so much even before they met each other and I can only imagine that it will get worse for them before it gets better.

Overall this was a brilliant introduction to a new paranormal fantasy which has every paranormal creature that you can think of including, Vampires, Shape shifters, Demons, faeries, witches, Goblins, Ghosts and even the occasional Zombie as well as humans with special gifts and I just can't wait to find out even more from this truly magical world.

It's Monday What Are You Reading? #28

It's Monday What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey in which we plan our reading week!
(Click on images to send you to Goodreads)

Finished Reading
(Click on title for review)

Intertwined by Gena Showalter (review coming soon)

Currently Reading

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
Only read the first chapter so far but things have already started to happen making me excited for what is going to happen next.

Reading Next

Exiled by J. R. Wagner
Was supposed to be starting this last week but never got around to it so I will try again.

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen
Looking forward to reading this book it sounds so good and also heard it's good too.

That's my plan for what I am reading this week, what's everyone else reading?