Saturday, 16 October 2010

Alpha By Rachel Vincent

This is a Review of Alpha By Rachel Vincent and this is the final book of the shifters series.

Description:
YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE FAYTHE…

The unscrupulous new Council chair has charged Jace, Marc, and me with trespassing, kidnapping, murder, and treason. Yeah, we’ve been busy. But now it’s time to take justice into our own hands. We must avenge my brother’s death and carve out the rot at the heart of the Council.

It’s not going to be easy, and loss seems unavoidable, but I have promised to protect my Pride, no matter what. With a target on my back and Marc at my side, I’m heading for a final showdown that can—that will—change everything forever.

Review:
I have to say that i am a major fan on Rachel Vincents Shifters series and I've been waiting ages for Alpha to be released. I was annoyed when the UK delivery's of Alpha were about a week late but when i found out it had been posted and was waiting for me at home, i was very excited, so excited i may have jumped up and down a few times. As soon as i got home i started reading and didn't stop until i had to go to bed but believe me if it hadn't been a school night i would have stayed up until i finished it. I managed to finish it the very next day and i was so glad i did, it was a brilliant book and i have to say the best book i have read this year so far.

Alpha immediately starts where Shift left off and we are immediately thrown into action and we soon see the Faythe we have all learned to love. The book as its the final one is where everything is tied up but its a hell of a ride before we finally get there. There are Battles, Loses, Friends and Enemy's but everything is tied up perfectly even though i am still wanting more even though it is the end of the series. There were parts of the book which made me laugh and smile but other parts where i could've cried. The main thing i was looking forward to was who Faythe chose at the end and she did and i believe she chose the best person for her but she struggle with her feelings up to the very last chapter in the book and i have to say it was done really well.Vincent has done a very good job of tying up all the lose ends in the shifters series. I was very eager to read this book and it didn't disappoint the only thing i don't like is that there is no more, but i know Rachel has to move on and i can say now no matter what her next book is about i will definitely be buying it.

I really recommend this book to any lover of paranormal books and especially fans of Kelley Armstrong like myself. The only thing i have to say though is that i strongly recommend starting from the beginning with Stray and then following the series. I have had a lot of fun following this series and i am sad to be letting it go but i will definitely be re-reading it later on. I gave this book 5 stars as it definitely deserves them as it was the best book i have read this year and i don't see any competition at the moment. Rachel Vincent has done a brilliant job of entertaining me in the past year with her novels and i will be picking up her soul screamers series when they come out in the UK. I will be looking out for news on her future releases as she is a brilliant author who shouldn't be missed. To sum this book up in 5 words, Best Book Of The Year.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

1st To Die By James Patterson

Note: This is an Adult book.

Description: First to Die: the Women's Murder Club, a group of San Francisco professionals--a homicide cop, an assistant district attorney, a pathologist and a reporter--share their information and thinking on cases. Someone is killing honeymoon couples on their first night together and nothing that we know about the killer is, we realise, entirely reliable: the connections between the victims are tenuous and the killer's method varies significantly. Intelligent, sensitive, tough cop Lindsay Boxer has problems of her own--a potentially fatal blood condition and a suspicion that she is falling for the intelligent divorced spin-doctor forced on her as partner by a publicity-conscious city government. The conversations she has with her friends are partly a matter of looking again at the results of legwork--sometimes explaining something to people who do not share your automatic assumptions makes you look at it again--and partly a matter of sharing expertise; rapidly they realise that they are up against someone for whom murder is a sexual game. Patterson has always had an eye for the psychology of killers--here he adds empathy for those to whom caring about victims is a way of life.

Review: This is the first book in the Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson. I'd been looking at this book for a long while as i wanted to find a mystery book which is told from a females point of view, but i put off buying it until last weekend when i got some book vouchers and decided to buy it and the second book, 2nd chance. I finished this book within 3 days and i did enjoy it but I'm only going to give it 4 stars as it didn't jump out at me.

Okay the story is told by Lindsay Boxer a homicide cop, the only Female one in the whole of San Francisco. When someone starts killing couples on their honeymoon, Lindsay investigates and finds there's more to the case then meets the eye so she gathers up a group of her friends, Cindy Thomas a reporter, Jill Bernhardt an assistant DA and Claire Washburn a medical examiner. Together they help Lindsay figure out clues which will finally lead them to the killer.

This book is better than i expected it to be, Lindsay Boxer is a strong female character which is a good thing. Patterson has created a very good mystery novel that keeps you guessing until the very end, and even so the ending still surprised me. This is a good book and i would recommend it to anyone who likes crime novel told from a strong female POV. I will definitely be reading the next few books in the series. One thing i really did like about this book is the short chapters which let me stop reading and remember where i was without having to go through the pages again. One disadvantage is that it is a very quick read, i know i finished it in 3 days but i could have finished it quicker. But altogether i would definitely recommend it and its a very good book.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Half way there.

So last night i managed to hit the half way mark of my novel. I finally reached 30,000 words and I'm aiming for 60,000 as that is the least amount of words you can have in a YA novel. Its taken a few months to reach this point but i have enjoyed it and I'm very surprised that I've even managed to get this far without quitting. I've noticed that the more i write i seem to be getting slightly better, i have my good days when i can write a few thousand words and bad days where I've only managed a few hundred, but it all adds up and if i hadn't wrote them words on whatever kind of day i was having i wouldn't be where i was now. I've also noticed that writing a little bit whenever i can also helps, as I'm in my last year at high school i don't always have time after school which mean some days i haven't been able to write but i try to make up for it. I'm only half way but I've already noticed a few things that need to be changed when i revise the novel, i will give you a few of them now:
  • More description as i was so worried about adding to much description that i didn't add enough.
  • Punctuation in speech, as i haven't added any which sounds bad but i wasn't sure how to do it at the beginning but now i do so i will have to change it, that's what revisions are for.
  • I also need to make sure you can tell the characters apart, I'm pretty sure I've done this but it doesn't hurt to check.
There's a few more points but i won't bore you. I wrote this post so i can look back on it to see how i was getting on but I've also written it for those who are interested in the writing process. As I'm a first time writer, i know it helped me to look at other peoples writing blogs and i hope to help others who inspire to write.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Alpha -Trailer


This is the trailer for Rachel Vincents upcoming book Alpha the final book in the Shifters series.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Clockwork Angel By Cassandra Clare

This is my review of Clockwork Angel By Cassandra Clare.

Description: Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.


When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa.

As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
 
Review:  I only finished reading Clare's Mortal Instruments series a few weeks ago so i decided to pre-order this book and i am so glad i did. This book is the prequel series to the Mortal Instruments which i really wanted to know about and i think it is a really good idea to get some of the history of the Shadowhunters which we didn't get in the Mortal Instruments. The book was delivered early hence the reason I've read it before its released over here in the UK which is out the 6th September. As soon as the book arrived i started reading it, i was fascinated by the idea that Clare had made a book about Shadowhunters in Victorian London. It was also fun to see how Clare who doesn't live in the UK describes London and i have to admit i really enjoyed it and it has made me want to learn more about Victorian England.
 
This book follows Tessa Gray as she travels to London to find her brother Nate, but as soon as she arrives she is kidnapped by two women who call themselves the Dark Sisters. They tell Tessa that she has a magical ability which no one has every had before, the power to change into someone else. Everyday the Dark Sisters force Tessa to use her powers so that she learns how to control it and finally when they think she is ready they prepare her to meet the Magister but it's simply not meant to be. Will comes and saves Tessa but they soon find out getting away won't be too easy. They end up fighting with the Dark Sisters and discoverer that the Dark Sisters have been keeping dead human bodies in the cellar. With the help of Henry and Thomas they manage to get away and return to the institute where Tessa finds out about the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders and no one really knows how she fits into it all. Tessa gets to meet other Shadowhunters and gets a better idea of what they are and what they do. Will and Jem then discover an automaton, a mechanical creature who is being controlled by the mysterious Magister in the Dark Sisters house so they bring it back and Henry begins investigating it. After a few more discoveries they discover the Magister is trying to kill all Shadowhunters but he can only do this with Tessas help but what will she do? And who will she choose to save her new friends or her brother?
 
Characters: The main character is Tessa Gray who comes from New York and goes to London to find her brother, and in London she discovers that she has the power to transform into anyone but because of her power lots of people want her so she stays at the institute in London where she meets Shadowhunters. Will is the first Shadowhunter she meets when he rescues her from the Dark Sisters, he's rude to everyone and seems to do what he likes but his moods seem to change very often, one moment he's happy the next he acts like its the end of the world, but i have to admit at times he is very funny. Will is keeping secrets from everybody and never lets anyone get close to him except Tessa. Then there is Wills best friend Jem with his silver hair and eyes, Jem's kind and caring unlike Will, he's clever but underneath it all he has a secret which only a few know about but after a while he tells Tessa and you can't help but feel sorry for him. We know both are falling for Tessa but at the same time she is falling for Will but at the same time there's Jem who always seems to be there to cheer Tessa up. Then there is Charlotte and Henry who are in charge of the institute. Charlotte may be a small women but she makes sure she's heard and she enjoys running the institute she acts as a mother to Will, Jem, Jessamine as they are all orphans. Henry is sort of a mad scientist, he has his own laboratory in the institute where he make all sorts of inventions which go wrong most of the time. The last character I'm going to tell you about is Jessamine, she's a shadowhunter like everyone else but she doesn't think its the right life a women should have which means she's against all things to do with Shadowhunters, all she wants is a normal life. At times she really annoyed me as all she thought about was herself.
 
I really enjoyed this book and i think it is the best book Clare has written so far. I enjoyed this book a lot more than the Mortal Instruments series and i can't wait for the next two books of the series. I was so excited when this book arrived and it didn't disappoint. i just wanted to mention that the UK paperback is absolutely huge but the cover is one of the best i have seen this year and I'm looking forward to seeing the covers of the next two books. I loved the idea of having Shadowhunters in Victorian London and the book was one of the best i have read this year. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone as i really enjoyed it. I would give this book 5 stars and i can't wait until the next book Clockwork Prince is out next year.
 
For those of you who follow Cassandra Clare on twitter will know that many people have wrote to Clare saying what team they are on and i wanted to tell you what team i am on. At the start of the novel i was Team Will, then in the middle i was team Jem but at the end it was hard to choose but i find Will can be too arrogant and mean to Tessa so at the end of the book i was Team Jem.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Hex Hall By Rachel Hawkins

This is a review of Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.

Description: When Sophie Mercer turned thirteen, she discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-Gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hecate Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward prodigium, a.k.a. witches, fae, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard. Three powerful enemies who look like supermodels; a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock; a creepy, tag-along ghost; and a new roommate, who happens to be the most-hated person and only vampire on campus. Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her friend Jenna is the number one suspect. Meanwhile, Sophie has a more personal shock to grapple with. Not only is her father the head of the prodigium council, he's the most powerful warlock in the world, and Sophie is his heir. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all prodigium, especially her.

Review:

I've been waiting to read this book for a while now and i finally bought it last week and it arrived with in 2 days so i started reading it Friday night and finished by Saturday night. Its a short book and i could have read it in one sitting but i didn't want to finish it in a rush so i read it slower. This is meant to be a YA book but i definitely think younger teenagers could read it, it wasn't as complex as some of the YA novels i have read recently but i was still good.

The story follows Sophie, a young witch who did a love spell on prom night and it went terribly wrong so she gets sent to Hecate "Hex" hall a place for all prodigium (witches, fae and shapeshifters) who have trouble blending in. On the first day Sophie has to share a room with the only Vampire in the whole school, rejects an invitation to join a coven from the three most powerful witches in the school, and has a crush on the hottest boy in school who everyone else seems to have a crush on as well. Within a week she has also been given a term long detention with Archer. She then discovers some family secrets and that her father is the head of the council which every seemed to know except Sophie. Then there is a murder and Jenna, Sophie's vampire roommate is the prime suspect. This then leads to a few more deaths and a ghostly encounter from a family member before Sophie figures out the truth about everything and who she really is.

Okay so now characters, the main character is Sophie Mercer a young witch, who doesn't know much about her powers or even how she got them and when she goes to hex hall she discovers she doesn't know as much as she thought. Sophie is your average girl the only difference is that she is the most powerful witch in all the school. Then there's Jenna, Sophie's vampire roommate who seems to love the colour pink, but we soon see that she has some secrets of her own. There's also Elodie the most powerful dark witch in the school except from Sophie, shes a bitch to Sophie but she gets her own back, she also goes out with Archer the hottest boy in school. Elodie wants to become closer to Sophie as they all know how powerful she is and Elodie is hungry for more power. Nearer the end we see that there is some good in her. The last character I'm going to talk about is Archer, he's the boy all the girls love, and Sophie falls for him too. Sophie and Archer keep getting closer and closer, and Elodie starts getting jealous, but Archer has darker secrets then them all which is all revealed towards the end.

Altogether i enjoyed this book but i wanted it to be longer but now i have to wait till Demonglass the second book that comes out next year, which i can't wait to read. This book was good and very original i would definitely recommend it but it isn't as complex as some other YA novels are so you may sit there and want more from the book like i did but never the less i still enjoyed it and it has earned a place on my book shelf. I also found that this book is a lot funnier then most YA books so that makes it even more better. Rachel Hawkins has wrote one hell of a book and i look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Bloody Bones By Laurell K Hamilton

My review of Bloody Bones by Laurell K Hamilton.

I have just finished this book this evening and I'm still trying to decide whether i liked it or not. First of all i just want to say i was given this book by my aunt to read, therefore i hadn't read the previous 4 in the serious which is probably why i didn't like it as i didn't have a clue about what had happened previously.

So the story starts and you immediately are thrown into a whole new world without much being explained, you meet characters and your not quite sure who they are or what they have to do with the main character Anita Blake who is an animator, i didn't have a clue what that meant either until about 3 or 4 chapters in when it finally explains that its someone who raises the dead, but later in the story Anita tells us that shes a necromancer which i think they could have just told us in the first place.

Pretty much straight away Anita is sent on a business trip where she is needed to raise the dead to settle an arguement of who owns the piece of land the dead bodies are on. But then Anita is asked to go to a murder scene and see what has killed an innocent young girl, Anita gives them her theroy that its a vampire so they go out to find it but are surprised at what they actually find as Anita has never seen anything like it before so she calls in her vampire boyfriend Jean-Claude who comes down to where Anita is and they have to go see the master vampire of that area which causes a big stir with Anita and Jean-Claude. The last few chapters were ok but i think it ended too quickly and the problem was solved way to easily, the novel leads you to the ending and leaves you disappointed. To be honest i don't think i will bother reading the rest of the series as there are now currently 17 books in the series and it doesnt help to have missed the first 4.

Now i will talk about the characters, the main character is Anita Blake pretty much straight away we learn she has special powers which allow her to animate the dead, and that she is extremly powerful. I'm not sure if i liked Anita or not, sometimes i did but other times in my head i was calling her stupid. Shes also a vampire hunter but the truth is without her guns she would be pretty useless, dont get me wrong i love the whole gun thing but she should be able to used the old fashioned stakes, but she does know her stuff. She also has two boyfriends Richard and Jean-Claude. Richard is a werewolf but we only get to see him for about 3 pages throught out the whole novel. The rest of the book is all Jean-Claude who is a master vampire but also Anitas boyfriend, he is a bit weird and old fashioned but he is powerful but we soon found out that there are more powerful things out there. But altogether the best charater was Larry, a trainee animator and vampire hunter who goes along with Anita on this case. i think he was the most down to earth character who actually seemed real in the whole book. He was funny, kind and most of all, always stood by his friends and put himself in danger to save the others. There are also loads of other characters but these are the main ones.

Even after writing this im still not sure whether i liked this book or not. I think you should all know as well that the vampires and werewolfs in this book are nasty and scary creatures not like in most YA books but i will also warn you now this is an Adult book and should not be read by young teenagers. Altogther i would give this 2-3 stars and that is my honest opinion i probably didnt like it as much because i hadn't read the others, but i will definatly wont be reading anymore, as one there are too many out that i cant afford to buy them all and two i dont think i would be able to read many more.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Linger By Maggie Stiefvater

This is a Review Of Linger By Maggie Stiefvater.

Description: This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one.


Just a few months ago, it was Sam who was the mythical creature. His was the disease we couldn't cure. His was the good-bye that meant the most. He had the body that was a mystery, too strange and wonderful and terrifying to comprehend.

But now it is spring. With the heat, the remaining wolves will soon be falling out of their wolf pelts and back into their human bodies. Sam stays Sam, and Cole stays Cole, and it's only me who's not firmly in my own skin.



Review:

I read shiver last year and i couldn't wait until the sequel, Linger came out so i pre ordered it, it arrived, i read it and now im reviewing it, i have to say that this is a good book, i enjoyed it but i felt that it dragged on a little bit with not a lot happening. But there were some things which made up for problem of the length, i will tell you about these in a minute.

Ok so Linger, continues where shiver finished, sam had been cured well so they thought, and Sam and Grace were still more in love then ever but Sam starts to worry about the new wolves that Beck infected, he wants to know what they are like and why Beck infected them at all. While Grace has a fever which is a lot more than just a fever and she knows what it is and so does Sam but they don't tell each other because they can't cope with saying goodbye again, i won't say anymore because i don't want to spoil it.

Grace, is still the girl we met in shiver but shes back and she is a lot more rebellious then before which is all good but she is ill but only, a few of her friends know whats happening and this would be, Sam, Cole and Isabel. Sam is still the yellow eyed cute guy that we all fell in love with, and hes even more caring in this one, and we just have to feel sorry for him when some of his past memories resurface. Then Isabel is back and she is still the bitch from before but we see her more vulnerable then before as she copes with her feelings for Cole and the death of her brother. Then there is Cole, who is the new boy, the new wolf and at first Sam is curious to why Beck would choose someone like him, but later on we find out that he was once a rock star and a druggie and he just wanted to escape form everything. And this is where we see Cole as fragile as he comes to terms with everything as he decides he does actually want a new life and hes been given one but hes been wasting it, so nearer the end he helps Sam and Grace when she is seriously ill. And then we find out he is a science genius like his father, and he has a big role in the ending, but i won't say anymore. But a Hot rockstar who is a science genius, Wow Maggie you have made a brilliant character which i think many girls will love.

Now i have just written that and actually thought about the book i have to say that i really enjoyed it and that Maggie Stiefvater has created another book which is brilliant and will be enjoyed by a lot of people, and i really can't wait to see what happens in the third and final book, Forever, which is out next year. But i really do recommend that you go out and buy Shiver (the first book) and then enjoy Linger as it is a good book and a good read but i will say that at some points in the book you may need tissues.

City Of Glass By Cassandra Clare

This is my review of City Of Glass By Cassandra Clare

Description:


To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.



Review: So first i had heard a lot about these books, some people loved them others hated them, while reading the previous two books (City Of Bones and City Of Ashes)i thought the series was ok but nothing special, but no matter what i did i wanted to find out what happened next, so i went and got the next book City Of Glass, and i have to say this is by far the best book in the series and i absolutely loved it. It seemed to flow a lot better then the previous two and it gave us more information and more conclusions, there were lots of twists and turns in this book which you would of never seen coming which just makes it a lot better. People who are probably saying this happens in the previous books, well it does but it just seem to flow better in this book. I honestly have to say that Clare has done a brilliant job to bring this whole new race of Shadowhunters into our world and it is fascinating to see how she does this.

Okay, so now i want to talk about characters. First of all, Clary, i absolutly love her, she is a great heroine and she is so real, and you just have to feel sorry for her in this book, she is also very fierce even though she is not trained to be a shadowhunter and definatly thinks about others before herself. The other thing that i like about her is reading about how she struggles to find out how she feels about Jace, is it love or is it just a crush that really shouldn't be happening. She also has to fight her normal life and enter the Shadow hunter world where everything is so different, to find a cure for her mother while also preparing everyone for the fight with her father Valentine. Okay, so now we will talk about Jace the hot, hot brother of Clary, well lets just say we have another arrogant bad boy who has come to steal our hearts, but its too bad for us as he too is also struggling with his feelings for Clary. But at the same time he is preparing himself to go off and kill Valentine alone. Who Next? Oh Yes, theres Clarys Best friend who just turns out to be a vampire, and he has to struggle to find someone else to be with while watching Clary and Jace struggle with there own relationship problems. While also being the only Vampire who has ever been able to walk in the sun and everyone wants a piece of him. Then there is the Lightwoods, the beautiful Isabelle who looks fragile but is fierce underneath as all the demons who she has killed know. Then theres her gay brother Alec, the adult as he likes to say, he is one of my favourite characters, he is also as fierce as his sister but he is coming to terms with his gay relationship with Magnus Bane. And Magnus Bane, i have to say that even though he is the high warlock he is absolutly hilarious.

Other all i loved this book and i definatly recommend this book, but you definatly have to read the previous two books first if not it wont make sense at all. Cassandra Clare has done a brilliant job with this book and i will definatly be reading the next one, City Of Fallen Angels which is out next year. So why dont you go buy them :D