Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Awakened By P.C and Kristin Cast

This is my review of Awakened By P.C and Kristin Cast and this is book 8 of the House Of Night Series.

Description: At the start of Awakened, the pulse-pounding eighth installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey has returned, mostly whole, from the Otherworld to her rightful place as High Priestess at the House of Night. Her friends are just glad to have her back, but after losing her human consort, Heath, will Zoey—or her relationship with her super- hot Warrior, Stark—ever be the same? Stevie Rae is drawn even closer to Rephaim, the Raven Mocker with whom she shares a mysterious and powerful Imprint, but he is a dangerous secret that isolates her from her school, her red fledglings, and even her best friends. When the dark threat of Neferet—who is coming closer and closer to achieving her twisted goal of immortality—and Kalona returns, what will it take to keep the House of Night from being lost forever, and what will one desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?

Review: This is the eighth book of the House Of Night series and i really like this series but after reading this i think the current story line has been going on to long and it needs to hurry up an be summed up. Although i did like this book, the beginning was really slow and it only began to be fast paced nearer the end which was quite disappointing but the end was good and does make you want to continue reading the series. I found that this book was more focused on Stevie Rae and Rephaim, then the gang battling evil.

This book starts just where burned left off, Zoey and Kalona are back from the other world. Neferet finally finds out that Kalona failed his mission therefore she punishes him or that's what she thinks. Zoey finds peace at Isle Of Skye and she sees a good future if she stays there but nothing can ever stay peaceful in Zoey's life for a few minutes a terrible tragedy drags her and Stark back to Tulsa and her House Of Night. On arrival she finds Neferet has returned and the council seemed to have forgiven her but only the gang see how evil she really is. Stevie Rae and Rephaim have to come to terms with how they feel about each other and this i find is the strongest part of the book.

If you haven't read this series i recommend it but don't get put of by how the first book seems to target young teenagers because as the series and characters progress the books mature and are pretty much written from a mature young adults P.O.V instead of the young girl we met in Marked. Altogether i was disappointed with this book but it was still good and i will be continuing the series.

Monday, 24 January 2011

My Top 10 Books of 2010

I know it's nearly the end of January but i created a list of my top 10 books of 2010 for my English coursework so i thought i might as well share it online as well. It didn't take me to long to figure out what my favourite books were from 2010 as each one of them stood out from the rest. So here they are:

10. Hush Hush By Becca Fitzpatrick

9.Last Vampire and Black Blood By Christopher Pike

8. Kiss of Death By Rachel Caine

7. City of Glass By Cassandra Clare

6. The Reckoning By Kelley Armstrong

5. Raised By Wovles By Jennifer Lynn Barnes

4. Waking the Witch By Kelley Armstrong


3.Clockwork Angel By Cassandra Clare


2. Last Sacrifice By Richelle Mead

1. Alpha By Rachel Vincent

Monday, 17 January 2011

Mockingjay By Suzanne Collins

This is my review of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

Description:  My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.


Review: This is the third and final book of the Hunger Games Trilogy and what a ride its been for both us and the characters. This is a fantastic ending of the trilogy with its fast paced action and a never ending roller coaster of emotions.

Mockingjay picks up just where Catching Fire left off. District 12 has been destroyed and Katniss has gone back to see what is left in the remains of her old home but it isn't long until she's whisked back to District 13, the place which everyone thought had been destroyed long ago but instead there is an underground society of all the survivors. It is here where Katniss has to take on her role of being the Mockingjay and lead the rebellion to victory, but can she do it? Will she put aside all her feelings and do what everyone else believes is right? Well you're going to have to read it to find out.

In this book you get to see Katniss struggle with her emotions more than in the previous books, especially after previous accidents has made her unstable. Katniss remains strong throughout this book and does what she believes is right, not caring if other people tell her she's wrong. I'm going to miss Katniss's strong will and fierce attitude to fight for what she thinks is right. Peeta is this book goes through a lot both physically and emotionally. We get to see the darker side of Peeta and there's only one person who can bring him back. We also get to see more of Gale and see more of his personality.

Finally Katniss needs to choose one of them and i think she chooses the right person. Throughout the series, i liked Gale first then Peeta and so on it went until this book where i saw that she could go on online but she doesn't of course. The ending was brilliant and satisfying for all readers.

I really don't want to say goodbye to these characters (Can you tell?) but I'm afraid all things have to come to an end but this ones a good one. I really hope we will see more of these characters in the future. I still stand by what i said that this is the best trilogy i have read and probably will ever read (it's that good). So go out and get it then begin reading it and I'm sure you won't be disappointed. This is definitely a series you don't want to miss.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Catching Fire By Suzanne Collins

This is a review of Catching Fire By Suzanne Collins.

Description:

 Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.


Review:

This is the second book of The Hunger Games Trilogy and after the brilliant first book i didn't know whether this too would be good or not. I read it within one day and i have to say it is just as good as the first one. It didn't disappoint as it was filled with even more action.

This book starts shortly after the previous one left off, when Katniss and Peeta are back home in District 12. Both now have homes in the Victors village but Katniss isn't very happy, even though she managed to survive the Hunger Games, she outsmarted them, much to the disgust of the President Snow.  Now back home Katniss begins to see the consequences of what she did and she isn't sure whether she likes it or not. She misses how everything was before the games but everyone knows there's no going back. Katniss tries to came to turns with what she has done, when the Capitol reveal whats going to happen at the next Hunger Games, the special Quarter Quell. When all is revealed, not many people are happy about it, especially Katniss. You'll need to read the book to find out more.

Once again i really enjoyed this book, we got to learn more about Katniss and how she struggles to come to terms with what she did, which seems hard enough without choosing between Peeta and Gale. The book was once again left at a cliffhanger which leaves you wanting more. This book doesn't disappoint and i really recommend reading it as it is a brilliant book which anyone can read and relate to. It is also another book which will be hard to top.

Monday, 10 January 2011

The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

 This is my review of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Description: Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.



Review:

One way to describe this book is WOW! It is absolutely fantastic. I bought this book after reading so many good reviews about it and i am so glad i did. It is by far one of the best books I've ever read maybe even the best I've ever read. It is brilliant.

This book follows Katniss Everdeen who lives in District 12. When people are being picked to be placed in the Hunger Games Katniss's younger sister Prim is chosen but Katniss won't let her own sister be killed so instead she steps forward. The boy who gets picked from District 12 is Peeta Mellark who Katniss doesn't really won't to be with stuck in an arena. The two get taken away to the Capitol where they prepare then they are sent into the arena where the real games begin.

I loved Katniss's character she felt like a real person who you could relate to one way or another. She's a strong heroine that you can't help but like. Peeta, well i wasn't sure about Peeta at first but i started growing towards him throughout the book but i couldn't stop thinking about Gale. Poor Gale who was left behind, the one who Katniss is truly close to. Haymitch is a previous games winner and i have to say i thought he was a really funny character.

The ending of the book was sad and i am so glad there are more books (which I'm going to read today, hopefully). This is a very strong book which i suggest everyone goes and reads as it is totally worth it. This is the first book I've read in 2011 and i think its going to be really hard to top it even though there's a whole year ahead. Suzanne Collins has done a really good job with this book and like i said its one of the best books i have read.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Happy New Year + Blog Update

Happy New Year everyone, i know it's a few days late but December was a really busy month for me. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year, i know i did. Yes, it included eating a lot of roast dinners, sweets and consisted of everyone sitting around the TV watching the Christmas Doctor Who and the return of Primeval (which I'm really happy about). I know I've been away for a few months. November i was focused on doing Nanowrimo and getting my Novel completed then in December i had a week of mock exams then i went off to Florida for two weeks getting home just in time for Christmas Eve. The last few months of 2010 were busy but i had fun and 2010 was a good year for me.

Due to being busy I'm behind on doing a lot of book reviews which i hope to catch up with in the next few days. This is what i need to review:
  1. Torment
  2. Raised By Wolves
  3. Crescendo
  4. The Fledgling Handbook 101
  5. Last Sacrifice
  6. Quidditch Through The Ages
  7. The Last Vampire and Black Blood
I also have a  big to be read pile at the moment so there will be plenty more reviews in the next few weeks.

Another update is that i have finished my Novel at 63,000 words, and I'm pleased with how it has turned out and I'm really pleased with myself for actually finishing it. I started revising it last weekend and hopefully will get that done by the end of the week.

I have told myself that i will blog more this year and hopefully i will stick to it but feel free to send me a comment asking me where I've disappeared to. I know this post was quite brief but i will be back soon.