30 April 2012

It's Monday What Are You Reading? #27

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

Divergent by Veronica Roth
I started this book on Saturday and I am about halfway through as I just can't put it down it's very addicting. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Really enjoying this book so far although it has been more of a build up so I am hoping that something big is going to happen soon.


Reading Next

Exiled by J. R. Wagner

Intertwined by Gena Showalter



That's what I am planning on reading this week, what's on your reading plan?

29 April 2012

Showcase Sunday #1




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.

                                          



Swap Book

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
I have wanted to read this book for such a long time now so when I got the chance to swap one of my books that I no longer wanted for this I jumped at the chance. Thanks to Lindsey from Goodreads.

Review Book

Someone Else's Fairytale by Emily Mah Tippetts
Thanks to the author of this book for sending me this book to review as it does sound very good and the reviews are also good.



So that's what I received this week what fabulous books did everyone else get this week?

27 April 2012

Book Review: A Face Like Glass

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge



Format: Paperback (arc)
Publishers: Pan Macmillan
Published: 10th May 2012
Pages: 389
Main Characters: Neverfell
Date Started: 19th April 2012
Date Finished: 27th April 2012
Rating Given: ***

Blurb from Goodreads:

In Caverna, lies are an art - and everyone's an artist . . .
In the underground city of Caverna the world's most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare - wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair or fear - at a price.
Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell's emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed . . .

I have actually not read or even heard of Frances Hardinge and just happened to stumble across it on Goodreads. It sounded really interesting so I thought I would try and get my hands on a copy. A huge thank you goes out to Pan Macmillan publishers for giving me the opportunity to review this book which by the end I really enjoyed.

When I first started reading this book I really couldn't get into it as it took awhile to get going and it was also very confusing for most of the book. It was very hard to understand what was going on and it wasn't until the last few pages when everything got sorted. The thing that I found the most confusing was the people learn face expressions which at first I couldn't get to grips with as sometimes I was thinking it was masks that they brought but that wasn't the case, they just didn't know how to express their feelings on the face unless someone taught them how to do so. There was also people in the books that sounded a bit crazy but by the end of the book I do get everything that is going on and ended up being very entertaining.

Hardinge may have written a book in the style of crazy but it still works which I think makes her a very talented writer it just isn't for me. She is a very talented author who makes us the reader believe in this world and what is going on in it.

I thought that Neverfell was such a lovely and endearing character that I just couldn't help but want her to succeed. For most of the book she was very naive but I think that has more to do with her being a child and still has that childlike quality about her which is a change for the female lead character as usually they act older than what they actually are. Unlike Neverfell I never knew who was the good person or the bad person but Neverfell just thought everyone was being helpful.

Overall a crazy and confusing book that you can't help but end up really loving the character and the book.

26 April 2012

Film Review: Thor

Thor

(May contain spoilers)


Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writers: Ashley Miller (Screenplay), Zack Stentz (Screenplay), Don Payne (Screenplay), j. Michael Straczynski (Story)
Stars/Characters: Chris Hemsworth/Thor, Natalie Portman/Jane, Tom Hiddleston/Loki, Anthony Hopkins/Odin, Kat Dennings/Darcy
Cinema Release: 27th April 2011
Date Watched (DVD): 25th April 2012
Rating Given: *****

This isn't actually a book into film more comic into film but with me watching it yesterday and loving it I thought it wouldn't really matter. I haven't read the comics so I can't compare this film with them. I do love the Superheroes films and this film is no different it was a great mix of action and comedy.

The effects of this film was brilliant especially when they was in Asgard it looked visually stunning and very believable. The effects on some of the creatures was also done beautifully.

I loved the way that you never knew who was the good guy or the bad guy which I love in a film or a book as it keeps me guessing.

I actually wanted to watch this because of Chris Hemsworth being in it who I have a huge soft spot for ever since he played Kim in Home and Away. Looking at the pictures of the comic on Goodreads of Thor I do think Chris was the perfect match.  I think he did a great job at acting the arrogant warrior as at first I was thinking to myself he was being a jerk but by the end I fell in love with him (It probably helped him taking his top of as Chris has an amazing body!). What I was amazed at was that Anthony Hopkins playing Odin as I couldn't tell it was him until the credits told me who he was. That just goes to show how into the film I was that I didn't even notice who was playing who (Apart from Chris).

Just found out that there is going to be another Thor film which I can't wait for but it looks like I will have a long wait as it's not out until 2013!

This DVD that I watched I actually borrowed but I loved the film that much that I know that at some point I will be buying my own copy so that I can watch it over and over again.

25 April 2012

Book Cover: The Peculiars


The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry


The first time I saw this cover was on Facebook and from that moment on I fell in love with it and also wanted it. Although I still haven't got it I do plan getting it eventually.
There is a lot going on in this cover and usually when there's loads going on I don't like them but there is just something about this cover that draws me in to it making me want to know what is going to happen in the book. I just hope the cover actually matches the story because if it does it looks like it will be an interesting and thrilling read.
I think that the first part of the cover that drew me in was the wings as I do have a soft spot for angels and these wings look similar to angels wing. Although they look similar there is also a lot of differences like the size of them. They are only small and when I think of angels I think huge wings. Also the colour of them looks pink and the colours I think of are white or black, but I have read a few angel books where the wings are near enough always different to each others. Even though the wings are what drew me in I don't think that this is an angel book but I still want to read it as looking at the wings there is something different about the characters.
The background makes me think that there is some kind of war/battle going on and I can only imagine it has something to do with whatever this person is.
I love the way they have done the title as it makes me imagine that it is moving which I think makes it really stand out.
From this cover it looks as though this book will be different to other books that I have read and I hope I'm not wrong as I am so looking forward to reading this book.

I am guessing about everything from just this cover so don't get mad at me if I am completely wrong as it's only my guess and first impression of when I first saw it. To see the blurb on Goodreads for this book just click the cover and it will take you to it.

24 April 2012

Book Review: Candlewax


Candlewax by C. Bailey Sims




Format: e-arc
Publishers: Terabyte Press
Published: 3rd April 2012
Pages: 384
Main Characters: Cathrine, Pokos, Bessie, Cyril
Date Started: 16th April 2012
Date Finished:  22nd April 2012
Rating Given: *****

Blurb from Netgalley:

A medieval masterpiece of adventure, romance and horror, readers will gobble up this award-winning debut.
An Ancient Prophecy. A Powerful Relic. An Insatiable Evil. When all three converge, the fate of every living thing will be in peril.
All her life Catherine had hoped to see a fairrier cat. No book, no scroll provided to her by her tutors had ever mentioned this legend, much to her frustration, and now-at the worst possible time-she was getting her wish. Only, in her wish the cat wasn't about to kill her.
A 732-year-old fairrier cat the size of a horse has killed his fair share of hunters. Driven to the brink of extinction for the supernatural powers of his coat, is he indeed the last of his kind?
Sheltered, 16-year-old Catherine is about to find out. Unwitting heir to the Ancient Onyxes, she flees an arranged marriage only to stumble upon the cat's secrets, the force of the ancient relic she wears, and the dangerous mission they must undertake.
Hidden under a desert that was once a fertile land, millions of predators are waiting to feast again. Catherine must discover the secret of the Ancient Onyxes and stop the creatures known as trodliks before they consume everything in their path. A whispered prophecy becomes her only guide and a rejected suitor just might be the one warrior she desperately needs.
For readers ages 12 and up.

I received this as a galley from Netgalley. I wanted to read this one because I love the look of the cover and it also sounded interesting. It did actually take me awhile to read it as from time to time I go off the books that I origanally wanted to read but then I noticed that time was running out so I best read it and I am glad I did as it was a brilliant read.

A great original read that will have you on the edge of your seat. I would recomend to anyone who loves The Inheritance Cycle or The Chronicles of Narnia to read it you won't be dissapointed.

When I first started the book I thought oh here we go again a book where I can't pronounce the words but if you look at the back or the end of the galley you will find a list of how to pronounce words. I like it when the authors tell us how to pronounce things as it makes the book so much easier to read. Once you get over this it's very easy to get into it's one of those books that you just don't want to put down. I read two books at a time but while reading this book I didn't want to read anything but this book. I just loved everything about it. There is so many twists and turns in it that keeps you guessing right until the end.

This book is so beautifully and well written that I am able to visualize the world that she has created. I could imagine this book to be a film and I think it would translate well too.

I was surprised how well Catherine coped with everything as she is a Princess so therefore is used to getting things done for her. Yet she was able to run away on her survival skills that I wouldn't have thought she would have. It probably helped that she did have other people and creatures around her that would have no doubt help her. At first I thought she was a spoiled brat that didn't like that she was not getting her own way but by the end I found her a great and entertaining character. Cyril I loved from the get go. He was funny but a strong and powerful King at the same time. I loved his interaction with all the characters especially Cathrine.

Overall an epic book that won't leave you until long after you have finished it.

Top 10 Tuesday #11

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday everyone involved in the TTT will make a list of that weeks topic.



This weeks topic is: Kate's Top 10 All Time Favourite Characters

This one is a toughie but one that I just had to do. Some of them has more than one in the same spot but they needed to be there together. Click on the blue part to take you to Goodreads to find out more about the series.

  1. Jace/Clary from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: Both these characters are my all time favourites as they both bring out the best (and sometimes the worse) in each other. Jace has always been my favourite male character but when he is talking or thinking about Clary he shows a more vulnerable side to him.
  2. Nicholas/Lucy from Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey: Another two that I have chosen together as I just loved it when we first meet these two when in the same room it is really funny and I love to be able to laugh out loud when reading.
  3. Loki from Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking: Loki isn't in the first one but we do meet him in the second. The very first moment we are introduced to his character I fell for him straight away. He is funny but he also has a serious side to him. He was a great addition to this series.
  4. Jocelyn from The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers: I love Jocelyn's character because of everything she goes through throughout this book and she still keeps going shows an inner strength that I think is needed in a strong female character.
  5. Will from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare: I love Will's character as he would do anything for Tessa even if it means hurting her. In the second of this series we see such a more softer/vulnerable side to him which makes me love him all the more. My heart does break for him as well!
  6. Claire from The Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine: Claire is such a strong character in this series she seems to be the one keeping people alive.
  7. Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Peeta from the moment you see him you just know he loves Katniss and he would do anything for her.
  8. Harry/Ron/Harmione from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling: I love these characters the same amount especially when they are together they have a great partnership and I love some of the one liners each of them says.
  9. Rose/Dimitri from The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: These two characters are just strong minded and I just love the chemistry between them both. I love the series even more when it's scenes between the two of them.
  10. Patch from Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick: I love Patch even if I am never sure if he is good or bad I just love the presence of him in this series.
So that's my top 10 characters, what's yours?

23 April 2012

It's Monday What Are You Reading? #26

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)

Candlewax by C. Bailey Sims (Review coming soon)


Currently Reading

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
At the minute I just can't seem to get into this book it's both confusing and slow but I have only read the first 30 pages so I just need to stick it out and maybe it will get better. It probably didn't help that I was reading another book that I was really in to but I have finished that now so I can try and spend some time reading this.


Reading Next

The Immortal Rules by Julia Kagawa
I have heard so many great things about this book so I am looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Another book I have only good things it made me very interested in reading it and now I am finally getting around to reading it.


So that's what I am planning on reading this week, what's everyone else reading this week?

22 April 2012

In My Mailbox #26

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme that is hosted by The Story Siren. This is where we show what we have either bought or was given throughout the week gone by. (Click on the pictures for full synopsis)









This week I only received one book through my actual mailbox.

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen
This book is for review from the lovely publishers of Bloomsbury. It looks like an interesting book which I am looking forward to reading.


I did get a couple of books via Netgalley.

Shift by Kim Curran


Blackwood by Gwenda Bond



That's what I received this week, what did you get in your mailbox?

20 April 2012

Follow Friday #19


Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. This is a great way to discover new blogs and make new friends! This weeks featured blogs are Amy's Book World and Word Spelunking.

Q: Fight! Fight! If you could have two fictional characters battle it out (preferably from books), who would they be and who do you think would win?


 


My two favourite series would be The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices which also have my favourite characters in them. For those of you who hasn't heard of these series TID is the prequel to TMI.
It would be great to see a fight between Jace (TMI) against Will (TID) I personally love them both and can't chose who I prefer but when it comes down to skills they are pretty much evenly matched. They have both been trained in the same kind of arts so would have very similar skills but with them being from different time periods it would be great to see who would come out on top.
I think I would go with Will coming out the victor as he seems to think he has less to lose but I think it would be a close call.
Does anyone agree? Or do you think it would be Jace that come out on top?

19 April 2012

Book Review: Endure (Need #4)

Endure (Need #4) by Carrie Jones

(May contain spoilers if you haven't read the series)


Format: Paperback (arc)
Publishers: Bloomsbury
Published: May 2012
Pages: 260
Main Characters: Zara, Astley, Nick, Issie, Cassidy
Date Started: 12th April 2012
Date Finished: 19th April 2012
Rating Given: *****

Blurb from Goodreads:



It’s all-out war (and no-holds-barred romance) in the climactic conclusion to Carrie Jones’s bestselling series.

Zara is at the center of an impending apocalypse. True, she’s successfully rescued Nick from Valhalla, but it simply isn’t enough. Evil pixies are ravaging Bedford, and they need much more than one great warrior; they need an army. Zara isn’t sure what her role is anymore. She’s not just fighting for her friends; she’s also a pixie queen. And to align her team of pixies with the humans she loves will be one of her greatest battles yet. Especially since she can’t even reconcile her growing feelings for her pixie king . . .

Unexpected turns, surprising revelations, and one utterly satisfying romantic finale make Endure a thrilling end to this series of bestsellers.

I have enjoyed reading this series especially the first one which still only received 4 stars from me but the next two went down to 3 stars but when the chance came for me to review the last book I jumped at the chance as it's such a cute read. I need to say a huge thanks to Bloomsbury UK for letting me review this book as they definitley saved the best til last.

I did have all intentions of rating it a 4 star as it was just as good as the first one but halfway through I was completely drawn into Zara's world and found it outshone the rest of the books in this series so it would have been a crime not to rate it a 5 star book.

There was so much happening in this book from the moment it started until the moment it was finishing up, it was action packed! I love a book where things are always happening as it keeps me on the edge of my seat which I think is great when a book can do this not just a film. There was times when I was like that can't be happening and was getting worried about what was going to happen and then there was times when it was very touching and nearly made me cry that's how much I was into this book.

The characters I felt had grown up so much since the first three books which was great to witness especially Zara who at the very beginning of the series could be annoying but in this book she changed her outlook which made her a stronger person. It ws only Nick who annoyed me but that was only at the beginning but I could forgive him of his actions once he explained how he felt. Astley was his charming self but even when the characters wasn't sure I just knew it was a lie. In the end Zara didn't go with the guy I orgianally wanted her with but by the end I just felt that it was the right dessicion and that they trully loved each other no matter what.

Overall a very thrilling, action packed book Carrie Jones did an amazing job on a wonderful ending of this series.

Film Review: The Dark is Rising

The Dark Is Rising

(May contain spoilers)



Director: David L. Cunningham
Writer: John Hodge (Screenplay), Susan Cooper (Novel)
Stars/Characters: Alexander Ludwig/Will, Christopher Eccleston/The Rider, Ian McShane/Merriman,
Cinema Release: 19th October 2007
Date Watched (DVD): 18th April 2012
Rating Given: ***

It's been a long while since I first watched this film and I actually couldn't remember what happened. So when I was looking for a film that is also a book to watch for my weekly film review I came across this and thought I would watch it again and it felt like the first time I watched it. I have never read the series so I wouldn't be able to compare the film and the book. What I do find strange is that this is the title of the second book yet this is the first film which does make me intrigued to read the first book see if anything was needed in this film. Another thing that got me confused was that when I was looking for the film on IMDB I couldn't find it and then found that it has a different name.

I really did enjoy this film but I did feel like it was a bit immature which I know the book is probably for YA but there has been loads of YA films that seemed more mature than this film did. Although there was a couple of scene's that did freak me out but I think that has more to do with my bird phobia and there being a lot of birds in the film if I had remembered that I might not have watched it again.

Some of the acting was a bit poor but some of them did get better as I got further into the film. I was even shocked at Christopher Eccleston's acting as I have seen him in Dr.Who which he was loads better at acting in. The house that the family lived in I think looked poorly made as it looked fake usually films make them so they look real maybe they didn't have a huge budget.

I did like the way that I never knew who was on the side of good or bad which I love in books as well as films as it just makes them more thrilling.

Overall a good film but I would probably say it's more for young children rather than the adults.

18 April 2012

Book Cover: Wicked Lovely

Wicked Lovely Series by Melissa Marr

I love the whole of this series book covers but I have only put a picture of the first one because it's my favourite of them all, if you click on the cover it will take you to Goodreads which then you can look at them all if you haven't seen them already.
The only reason why this one is my favourite is because it's the first one and when I started this series it was the only one out and it was the cover that drew me to this series as it just looks beautiful. I would definitely say it's one of my all time favourite cover.
I love the way that the background is blurred which surprised me as I used to study photography blurry pictures are a no, no but I guess with the foreground being in focus it doesn't really matter. I also don't think it matters as it might have ruined the overall effect if it was in focus.
The flowers which are in focus look beautiful with all the texture on them it just draws your eye straight to them.
The simplicity of the colours in this cover look stunning together and I am really pleased they didn't over do it with the colour because for me it's the colours that make it stand out.
The title of the book as well as the authors name has been kept simple but because of the leaves around it, it makes it have an elegant feel to it which goes with the rest of the cover.
What I am not sure about is what the cover has to do with the actual book which I would have preferred some kind of reference to what the book is about but maybe that's just me please let me know what you think am I wrong is there a reference that I just can't see?
I may not get any reference to the cover and story but what I do know is the story is just as beautifully written as the cover is beautiful.

17 April 2012

Teaser Tuesday #20

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




My teasers:





Endure by Carrie Jones





"Get out of the way, Zara," she says.
"But-"
She's holding a gun. A gun! Where did she get a freaking gun?
Austin yells at Issie, "Aim at his head."
Issie says, "Dude! Evil dude! Stop now or I'll shoot."
She looks at me for approval. For a second, I contemplate taking the gun out of her shaking hands. Astley roars in pain as Frank's fist comes at him.
"Astley, get back!" I yell.
And he leaps away, not asking why, just trusting.
And Issie pulls the trigger. - Pages 80 & 81
Loads has been happening and I could have used many quotes but this is one that doesn't give some other things away like the other ones would have.
I am really enjoying this book it seem as though Carrie Jones has saved the best until last.







              Candlewax by C. Bailey Sims







All her life Catherine had hoped to see a fairrier cat. No book, no scroll provided by her tutors had ever examined this legend, much to her frustration, and now-at the worse possible time-she was getting her wish. Only, the cat wasn't about to kill her. Catherine urged the sorrel faster. - Page 10
Only read the first chapter but so far it seems interesting and I am looking forward to seeing how everything plays out.


Both books are ARC copies so therefore subject to change.

16 April 2012

It's Monday What Are You Reading? #25

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

Endure by Carrie Jones
Not that far into it yet but it has started off strong with loads of things happening so I'm just hoping that it continues this way and it could be the best one yet!

Reading Next

Candlewax by C. Bailey Sims
I was meant to start this last week but I had a busy week so I never got around to it but I will definitely start it thins week.

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
I received this for a review last week and thought I would try and start it this week as it does sound interesting.


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

15 April 2012

Book Review: Chosen Ones (The Lost Souls #1)

Chosen Ones (The Lost Souls #1) by Tiffany Truitt


Format: e-arc
Publishers: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Published: 12th June 2012
Pages: 260
Main Characters: Tess, James
Date Started: 7th April 2012
Date Finished: 15th April 2012
Rating Given: ****

Blurb from Goodreads:


What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

When I first came across this book I thought it sounded and looked good so I knew I had to read it. So a big thanks goes out to Entangled Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review this book as I really enjoyed reading it

I actually started out not liking this book and thinking not another Dystopian book that just doesn't work for me. It was so confusing to start with and I just didn't know what was going on which did take a while for things to actually to sink in and get what was happening. Also it was a little slow paced but by the time I got to the end I start to realize things was happening from the beginning I just didn't realize.

Once I did get into the book it was a completely different story for me as I was so enthralled that I just wanted to read the next chapter before putting it down. Even when it was put down I would still be thinking about it, thinking what is going to happen now?, How will they get out of this predicament. I even dreamt about the world that Tiffany Truitt created! That's just how well Truitt has written this book that I can actually visualize this world.

To start with I wasn't that keen on Tess's character as she seemed too selfish however, by the end of the book I was rooting for her which I think is down to the fact we learn more about her character with each chapter and it made me understand the way she was. I loved James he was different to the other Chosen Ones he was sweet and gentle and would do anything for Tess. He was also a strong fighter and would try and protect anyone he could. I just hope he stays that way through out the series. I did feel sorry for him at times especially when Tess was mean to him. The chemistry between them both was sizzling it really did pop out of the book.

Overall a slow and confusing start but a strong and powerful ending I can't wait to find out what is going to happen next.

In My Mailbox #25

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme that is hosted by The Story Siren. This is where we show what we have either bought or was given throughout the week gone by. (Click on the pictures for full synopsis)









I never did a IMM last week as I only received one book so I thought I would add it to the books I received this week.

Crave by Melissa Darnell
I received this last week as a swap from Misty over at Goodreads which I am so happy about as I have read this before on Netgalley but I wanted a finished copy.


Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My mum got me this as an Easter present as I didn't want an egg but I really wanted to read this book as it looks and sounds good. I have heard so many great things about this author so I can't wait to find out what I'm missing.


A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
I received this book for a review purpose which I am looking forward to reading as it sounds really good.

Netgalley Books

Redemption by Veronique Launier


Exiled by J.R. Wagner


That's what I received this week what was in your mailbox?

13 April 2012

Follow Friday #18


Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. This is a great way to discover new blogs and make new friends! This weeks featured blogs are Gizmo's Book Reviews and Book Briefs.

Q:  What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?

This is such a hard question but I guess I would have to go for The Mortal Instruments. Don't get me wrong I am very excited to see this film but I am very nervous that it won't live up to the book. This book series is one of my favourites and I am scared that they will mess it up am sure they will do a great job but we have had books that was turned into films and went very wrong. With them calling it The Mortal Instruments and not City of Bones does that mean it won't be a series if that's the case it could well be a let down as we need to see it all not just condensed into one film. Also I am not too happy about Jamie Campbell Bower being cast as Jace but he isn't up on IMDB so here's hoping they will re-cast as he isn't who I pictured to play him.
I am also a bit nervous about Mockingjay being turned into a film not because I loved the book because it was actually my least favourite out of the trilogy. The reason why I'm scared about this one is that I just can't imagine how it will turn out especially with it being a very depressing film and that ending isn't the kind they like to make in films!

12 April 2012

Book Review: Struck (Struck #1)

Struck (Struck #1) by Jennifer Bosworth


Format: Paperback (arc)
Publishers: Doubleday
Published: 8th May 2012
Pages: 373
Main Characters: Mia, Jeremy, Parker
Date Started: 7th April 2012
Date Finished: 12th April 2012
Rating Given: ***


Blurb from Goodreads:

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.
Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers
Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

I was so pleased that I was accepted to review this book from Random House as this book looked so interesting and different from other books that I have read. I was also pleased that I was sent the version with the final cover copy as it was another reason why I wanted to read this book.

I am fairly new to the Dystopian world and the ones I have read I either love them or hate them. What I love about them all is the fact that they are different to other books and most of them seem original and this one is no different.

It was a good read but I found the beginning was slow and I did get a bit confused to what was actually going on. The beginning seemed more like an aftermath to a natural disaster that had just happened but I would have liked to have had the actual disaster explained rather than the aftermath. Once the first part is over it does get more entertaining as loads of things keep happening which made it a more thrilling book especially the last part when everything kicked off it reminded me of a brilliant film which I think this book would make. Also when things started to get explained everything kind of clicked into place.

Jennifer Bosworth did an amazing job at giving us a visualization of the world that she had created which helped me get through the slow parts.

The characters of this book you never actually knew who you could trust until right near the end. I do like a book where your not quite sure of who to trust as it makes me want to read more and more of the book just to see if any of our instincts where correct. Mia was a strong female character that has been through a lot so when she isn't doing something she shouldn't be doing you can kind of forgive her because we know her history and what she has been through. With Jeremy I never knew were things really stood with him he seemed nice enough but you could tell he had secrets that wasn't the good kind but again we start to learn his history and can then understand where he is coming from.

Overall a really good book that was well written I can't wait to read more from Jennifer Bosworth and the new world that she has created.

Film Review: P.S. I Love You

P.S. I Love You

(May contain spoilers)


Director: Richard LaGravenese
Writer: Richard LaGravenese (Screenplay), Steven Rogers (Screenplay), Cecelia Ahern (Novel)
Stars/Characters: Hilary Swank/Holly, Gerard Butler/Gerry, Lisa Kudrow/Denise, Gina Gershon/Sharon, James Marsters/John, Kathy Bates/Patricia, Harry Connick Jr./Daniel, Jeffrey Dean Morgan/William
Cinema Release: 4th January 2008
Date Watched (DVD): 9th April 2012
Rating Given: ****


I haven't actually read the book version but I'm not sure that I want to as it's too sad maybe one day I will just not yet.

I did love this film so much but I still could only rate a four star as at the beginning the acting seemed a bit bad and Gerhard Butler's Irish accent was really bad especially when he was angry but I think it would be hard for a Scottish man to do an Irish accent. Once I got over all of those areas I loved it.

The idea that the main guy dies right at the beginning would normally put me off a film like this but surprisingly I didn't mind especially when the letters started arriving. I thought it was done beautifully and the thought that a loved one would care that much while he was more than likely suffering was very touching. I also didn't mind when William came into it as I just fell in love with him straight away and he did do the Irish accent well which I love as I have a huge soft spot for a guy who has an Irish accent.

I have now watched this film a few times now but every time I cry and sometimes it's not even in the same place but cry I do!

The music used was beautiful I loved every single one of the songs but I think my favourite has to be Galway Girl as it just made me smile and want to dance around. Also Love You 'Til The End was just heartbreaking especially when Holly was singing it although she couldn't sing it still moved me. The other thing I loved was the Irish scenery it looked breathtaking please can anyone tell me that was really set in Ireland I so hope it was as it was stunning and made me want to go there.

A stunning film in every way and it's one I will watch again and again.

11 April 2012

Book Cover: Possess

Possess by Gretchen McNeil

I love the overall effect of this cover it really does make it stand out from all the other books that I scan. The effect looks like a special technique that I used to do in my Photography class when we was in the darkroom. I can't remember the name of the technique but I think it was sandwich printing. I loved this technique and I love that it looks like it has been used here.
When I first looked at it I thought it was veins on her face but then when I looked closer it looks like trees but the way in which it has been used gives it a strong and powerful look.
With the cover only using different shades of blue it makes it look creepy which I love that it does that as it makes me want to read the book as I do love a bit of creepiness in my books that I read.
I was pleased that the title of the book and the name of the author has been kept simple because with all that's going on within the cover it would have been too much to have the font in the same kind of manner. It still stands out though because of the positioning of the title in the dark area and then used a light colour it just makes it pop which I think is needed so you know the title that you are looking at.
I really want to read this book and that is mainly due to the cover and I do hope that the story lives up to the cover!

10 April 2012

Teaser Tuesday #19

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




My teasers:




Struck by Jennifer Bosworth





"Uncle!" Katrina hurried to his side to examine his hands. "What did you do to him?" she snarled at me.
I saw that the skin on Mr. Kale's palms was blackened, crisp and cracking, and my mind reeled backward to London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, to the burns covering Janna's legs, the handprints scorched onto her chest.
When I began backing toward the door, no one tried to stop me. - Page 162

Only just getting to a bit of action before this there was a lot of explaining things which did drag a bit but now it's getting more interesting.




                     Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt





Footsteps sounded from the hallway. I left the bathroom to see Robert staring at me. He looked sickly, like any minute he could join Emma in death. This is what love did to you.
He opened his mouth to speak, but I held up my hand to stop him. "Don't bother. I'll be fine," I said.
I didn't wait for a reply. I pushed past him and headed toward whatever future had been decided for me. - Page 14

A slow and confusing start but now it has picked up and I am enjoying it.

9 April 2012

It's Monday What Are You Reading? #24

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

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Not that far into it as of yet but it was a bit of a slow start and now I am getting more and more into it. I just hope this can continue to improve.

Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt
Again not that far into this book but it has been confusing to start with. The further I get into it starts making more sense which then leads me to enjoy it.

Reading Next

Endure by Carrie Jones
The final book in this particular series which I am really looking forward to reading so I can finally find out how its all going to end.

Candlewax by C. Bailey Sims
Not sure why I picked this book from netgalley but I'm going to give it a try anyway maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.

 
That's what I am reading this week, what are you planning on reading?

7 April 2012

Book Review: Immortal City (Immortal City #1)

Immortal City (Immortal City #1) by Scott Speer


Format: Paperback (arc)
Publishers: Scholastic UK Ltd.
Published: 5th April 2012
Pages: 406
Main Characters: Maddy, Jackson
Date Started: 3rd April 2012
Date Finished: 7th April 2012
Rating Given: *****



Goodreads:
Jackson Godspeed is the hottest young Angel in a city filled with them. He's days away from becoming a full Guardian, and people around the world are already competing for the chance to be watched over by him. Everyone's obsessed with the Angels and the lucky people they protect - everyone except for Madison Montgomery.

Maddy's the one girl in Angel City who doesn't breathlessly follow the Angels on TV and gossip blogs. When she meets Jackson, she doesn't recognize him. But Jackson is instantly captivated by her, and against all odds the two fall in love.

Maddy is swiftly caught up in Jackson's scene, a world of glamour, paparazzi - and murder. A serial killer is on the loose, leaving dead Angels' wings for the police to find on the Walk of Fame. Even the Guardians are powerless to protect themselves in the face of this threat … and this time it's up to Maddy to save Jackson.

Move over you normal celebrities there's a new kind of celebrity in town...Angels!

This book sounded so good I just couldn't wait for it to come out so I asked for a review copy. I am so grateful to Scholastic UK for giving me the chance to review it as it is up there with my favourite reads of the year!

I haven't read many books that have been written by a male author but when I have I haven't really enjoyed them so I usually stick with the female authors until now. I am so glad I gave another male author a chance as otherwise I wouldn't have been able to read one of the best book that I have read so far.

I fell in love with this book from the moment I started reading it as from the very first page something was happening. From then on there was always something happening hardly giving me time to catch my breath it was so entertaining. There is also so many twists and turns into the story that it is hard to keep up but that's just another reason to love the book.

The whole concept was a refreshing change to the usual angel books that I read as I like Maddy and Jackson didn't know who was the good guys and that included the archangels. It's more of a modern take on angels were instead of saving people for the good of man kind, they get paid to save people who has enough money to afford them so whoever don't have money don't get saved until Jackson.

Jackson or otherwise known as Jacks is such a great male character he is sweet and all he cares about is getting the chance to be Guardian Angel so he can save people. He believes in what the Angel's are told but I think that's because it's what he has grown up to believe. So when he meets Maddy who isn't like everyone else she believes it should be how it used to be. I actually like the will they-won't they part of the story every time you think they are going to get together something is thrown in their way it just makes me want to continue the series even more. I can't wait to see what will happen to them next.

Overall a great debut novel from the very talented Scott Speer I can't wait for the next instalment.

Book Review: Gift

Gift by Andrea J. Buchanan

Format: e-arc
Publishers: Open Road Media
Published: 27th March 2012
Pages: N/A
Main Characters: Daisy, Danielle, Vivi, Kevin
Date Started: 2nd April 2012
Date Finished: 5th April 2012
Rating Given: ***
Netgalley:
High school sophomore Daisy Jones is just trying to get by unnoticed. It doesn't help that she's the new girl at school, lives in a trailer park, and doesn't even own a cell phone. But there's a good reason for all that: Daisy has a secret, unpredictable power-one only her best friend, Danielle, knows about. Despite her "gift" (or is it a curse?), Daisy's doing a good job of fitting in-and a cute senior named Kevin even seems interested in her! But when Daisy tries to help Vivi, a mysterious classmate in a crisis, she soon discovers that her new friend has a secret of her own. Now Daisy and her friends must deal with chilling dreams and messages from the beyond. Can Daisy channel the power she's always tried to hide-before it's too late? Extra features include:
  • A short graphic novel illustrated by Alexis Seabrook, telling Vivi's story
  • Danielle's journal, revealing her deepest thoughts

I stumbled across this book whilst looking what to request on Netgalley and it sounded like an interesting book. Although I wasn't a huge fan of the cover (usually what attracts my attention on netgalley) I requested it anyway and I am glad I did.

There was always something going on in this book all though not all of it was understandable. For most of the book I wasn't sure whether I actually believed what was going on as it seemed more like little children with an overactive imagination. Don't get me wrong I do read a lot of books like this and I love them but this one just seemed too unbelievable like they was just making it up for the attention.

There was times when I was really into the book that I didn't want to stop reading it as I just wanted to find out what was going to happen next and to see if any of it was true.

The characters was alright but I just couldn't get attached to them so I didn't care what was happening to them. I can't even remember how old they was supposed to be they seemed to act like 12 year old but I think they was supposed to be older. They all seemed nice enough most of the time but there was times when they was being mean to each other but by the end I found out the reason and understood.

I really loved the ending it seemed to be just that the end which I like in a book as I don't like lose ends especially if they are supposed to be stand alone books which this one is.

There was also some extra bits that I thought was a great addition to the story as we were able to see what the other characters was thinking and even going through where as the rest was from Daisy's point of view. Also there was some illustrations which I though was beautifully done and gave me a more vivid picture of what was going on.

6 April 2012

Follow Friday #17


Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. This is a great way to discover new blogs and make new friends! This weeks featured are The Romanceaholic and The Talking Teacup.

Q: Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?

The only time I actually look at reviews is if I can't decide what to read whether to buy them or from my TBR pile. Then I go for the one that has more good reviews and tend to stay clear of the bad reviewed books. If it's my TBR pile I always put off reading the ones that mainly get bad reviews but then sometimes I am pleasantly surprised and then other time's I agree.

The thing is about ANY book is not everyone likes them so every book out there will have a bad review as we readers all ave different opinions so we shouldn't be put off by a bad review!

5 April 2012

Film Review: Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

(May contain spoilers)

Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Writer: David Johnson
Stars/Characters: Amanda Seyfried/Valerie, Gary Oldman/Solomon, Billy Burke/Cesaire, Shiloh Fernandez/Peter, Max Irons/Henry, Lucas Haas/Father Auguste
Cinema Release: 15th April 2011
Date Watched (DVD): 4th April 2012
Rating Given: ***


I haven't actually read the book but with it being another remake of a fairytale classic I knew I just had to watch it and I am pleased I did as I did like it, however, it's not my favourite re-telling so I don't think I will try to read the book.

You can kind of tell that this has been directed by the same director as Twilight as it just has that dark feel about it with not many bright colours used. The red is the only bright colour which is probably used to match the title and also give it a sense of danger.

I loved that at the beginning it seemed to drop a few other fairytale names into it and reminded me of Grimm (TV show) which is a good thing as that is what Red Riding Hood is a Grimm fairytale.

I loved that I never actually knew who the wolf was as this kept me guessing all the way through the film it was like we was Valerie and trying to figure out who the bad guy was as we got the same clues as what she did. I don't think I could guess who it was and I was surprised when we found out as I wasn't expecting that person. Even when I watched it a second time I kept thinking it can't be them.

With me not knowing who the bad guy was you would think I didn't like any of the characters but I did especially Peter and Henry. The acting was actually done well which I am pleased about as I was then able to get lost into the film.

I do wish the ending was padded out a bit more as I don't get the feeling of it actually ending more like it was just the beginning. It also just felt like there was something missing throughout the film which was the reason why I could only give it a 3 star rating when I would have loved to have given it more.