Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Blog Update: Please Read!


Right, Here I go. I’ve been putting off writing this post all day. It seems after thinking all day I’ve decided to take a break from book blogging. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, I do. It’s just seems my blog has gone off track. It’s taking over my life pretty much. Everyday I’ve been on the laptop this week all I’ve been doing is coming on here, well blogger. It’s distracted me from what I should really be doing.


 As an aspiring author I need to spend a lot more time practising my skills and in the past week or so I haven’t written anything except blog posts. Writing comes high up on my list of important things I need to do and blogging falls to the bottom of that list. 




 
When I started reviewing books, I did it because I wanted to and I enjoyed it. I wanted to document my thoughts about books I liked and ones I didn’t. I wanted to choose a book I fancied to read and review, whether it is a classic or a new release, I wanted to choose. This is what changed. I stopped enjoying writing reviews, I did it because I knew my readers would want to know my opinion but I’d lost the enthusiasm to do so. Another thing I really hated that I did was I choose to read books that I knew would pull in new followers to my blog. In doing so I ended up reading books I wasn’t too eager to read. I don’t want that. I want to be able to pick up a book that I fancy no matter what its age is and enjoy it to its full potential. Instead I was forcing myself to read a book and review it because it was popular in the book blogging community. I did and do not want that anymore. I have found many good books this year and I want to read what interests me now. Life’s too short to read books because others say they are good. I want to discover my own favourites and keep them close because I found them. They weren’t pushed upon me from many other reviewers. Another thing I was doing was trying to get as many followers as possible and that’s silly. It took away the enjoyment even more. I attempted to do book blogging memes but I only did them for the readers not for myself.


 At this precise moment in my life, I need to step away and focus on writing. It’s my dream and I need to work towards it. Of course I will continue reading but I won’t be posting reviews here. If I do write a review I will post it on goodreads. Reading is a huge part of my life and always will be. It just seems that a book review blog isn’t the right thing for me. I have enjoyed my time blogging but I need to take a break from it and focus on other things. I may be back, I may not but I will keep you all posted. I may even start a new blog; if I do then I will let you know. But for now thank you to those who followed me.
 



Thanks again.


Sunday, 22 April 2012

In My Mailbox (#2)


In My Mailbox is a weekly feature hosted by The Story Siren, in which each week we share the books we have brought, received or borrowed.
 
I have a small selection this week, instead of taking photos I will post the book covers.
 
Received:
 


The Witch Of Turlingham Academy by Ellie Boswell: I won this book from Girls Heart Books. I can't wait to read it!
 
Received on Netgalley:
 



Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig: I've read and reviewed this book here. It's excellent! Truly amazing! I definitely recommend it!
 

The Peculiars byMaureen Doyle McQuerry: This books sounds rather unique plus it's steampunk, so it sounds good!


House of Night: The graphic novel by P.C and Kristin Cast: I've read the HoN books so I'm excited to see what this is like.




New Girl by Paige Harbison: I've heard good things about this book so fingers crossed it's good!


The Glimpse by Claire Merle: Another book that sounds awesome!



The Immortal Rules By Julie Kagawa: I was so excited when i saw my request for this book had been accepted. I can't wait to read it!

So what did you receive this week?




 


Friday, 20 April 2012

Shifting By Bethany Wiggins


Shifting
Release Date: 27th September 2011 
Publisher: Walker Books
Format:  Hardcover
Pages: 353

Synopsis: After bouncing from foster home to foster home, Magdalene Mae is transferred to what should be her last foster home in the tiny town of Silver City, New Mexico. Now that she's eighteen and has only a year left in high school, she's determined to stay out of trouble and just be normal.

Agreeing to go to the prom with Bridger O'Connell is a good first step. Fitting in has never been her strong suit, but it's not for the reasons most people would expect-it all has to do with the deep secret that she is a shape shifter. But even in her new home danger lurks, waiting in the shadows to pounce. They are the Skinwalkers of Navajo legend, who have traded their souls to become the animal whose skin they wear-and Maggie is their next target.

Full of romance, mysticism, and intrigue, this dark take on Navajo legend will haunt readers to the final page.

Review: I received this book from Goodreads First Reads. It arrived last weekend and the cover looks incredibly pretty in person. I have to admit it was the cover that drew me to it in the first place and the book itself doesn’t disappoint.

Shifting is Bethany Wiggins debut novel and it is an unique story which is a welcome addition to the genre. From the very first page you’re hooked, and the book keeps your attention until the very end. This book contained Navajo mythology which I wasn’t very familiar with but Bethany Wiggins gives small details at a time so you’re not overwhelmed by all new information if you’re not familiar with it.

The book is about Maggie Mae who has moved from foster home to foster home and finally she has arrived at the last one before she turns eighteen. Trouble seems to follow Maggie everywhere she goes and this time is no exception. While struggling to act normal at her new school she’s constantly battling with the urge to shift and to try and stay out of trouble.

I fell in love with Maggie’s character from the first page. She’s everything a young heroine needs to be in a young adult book. She was strong willed and fierce but she understood her limits. Despite this she would do anything to stay unnoticed and out of trouble. Some of the scenes in the book where Maggie is bullied pulled at my heart strings. Maggie’s pain was raw and the reader felt it too. These scenes in particular where very strong and well written conveying the right emotions, it was simply brilliantly done. I still feel the urge to help Maggie now just thinking back to it. Another character I loved was Mrs Carpenter she was truly amazing. An old lady with lots of attitude, she was truly unique. Bridger, the love interest, sometimes I loved him, sometimes I hated him. I’m guessing this is because of the way Bridger treated Maggie sometimes.

Shifting is a truly unique novel which keeps your attention right from the first page. The plot kept you guessing from the start to the end, I didn’t predict many of the surprise twists. I really enjoyed this novel and it deserves more attention than its getting. It definitely deserves to have five stars and I recommend it to fans of paranormal and young adult books. I look forward to seeing what the author produces next.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Blackbirds By Chuck Wendig


Blackbirds
Series: Miriam Black #1


Release Date: 24th April 2012
Publisher: Angry Robot Books
Format: ebook
Pages: 264

Synopsis: Miriam Black knows when you will die. She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides.

But when Miriam hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim.

No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.

Review: I came across this book on Netgalley the other day. The cover instantly caught my eye, so I did a bit more research and the book itself sounded fantastic and very original. I requested it and that night I received it. I started reading it and within a few sentences I was hooked. The first chapter is brilliant it really claws at the reader until they are waiting for more. It definitely pulled me in straight away and instead of just reading one chapter, I read about eight. The book really does keep your attention until the very end.

Blackbirds follows Miriam Black, who has the ability to know when a person will die just by touching their skin. She sees visions of every type of death possible and each vision is crudely described so the true horror hits the reader head on. Her life is unpredictable one moment she could be watching someone having a heart attack and the next a car crash. On her journeys she meets Louis, a trucker who gives her a lift, but when she shakes his hand she sees that she will be the cause of his death. Miriam knows that fate gets what it wants and there's nothing she can do to stop it but she has to try doesnt she?

Miriam was a mega kick ass heroine, she had a sharp tongue and quick fists. She could easily hold her own, after all living pretty much on the streets toughens a women up. She has a cold hard persona because she sees things that no one else will ever know. She sees the true horrors of death. Her character was harsh and incredibly real. She has so many flaws and makes many mistakes but you stick by her until the end. She understands the harsh reality of the world and how no matter what your life is already planned out by fate, nothing can change that. She tries to make sense of the harsh world but it seems it's just throwing itself back in her face. Life's dirty and brutal and no one knows that better than Miriam. The other secondary characters were all solid and real, their own back stories showing the harsh realities of the world which is normally hidden behind closed doors. 

Blackbirds is a dark novel, the writing is sharp and intense, even brutal. It doesn't mess around with silly prose instead it creates shocking horrors which hit straight home. Its one tense ride but it's incredible. There is a lot of violence in this book and lots of gory detail, so if your squeamish I would probably leave this book. It's because of the fine detail and harsh reality and prose that makes this book so good. Blackbirds is a truly intense ride. A roller coaster of bends and bumps that you'll never be prepared for. I loved it, it was so so much better than I expected. 


 

Waiting On Wednesday (#2)

 
 
"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly aniticipating.


My chosen upcoming release is:
US Cover!


Insurgent
Series: Divergent, book 2
Release Date: 1st May 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Paperback
Pages: 525

Synopsis: One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

 

UK Cover

What's your "Waiting On Wednesday" pick this week?
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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Facebook Page

I'm just here now for a quick update. I've now created a facebook page for this blog so please check it out. Thanks.

http://www.facebook.com/ReadWriteAndReadSomeMore

Link also on the right, click the facebook icon.

Teaser Tuesdays (#2)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:

- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
- She the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I chose this teaser as i find it really intriguing and it had me instatnly hooked. My Teasers:

"She flips open the notebook, and she writes:
Dear Diary:
 I did it again."

Blackbirds By Chuck Wendig. Page 14.



Blackbirds
Series: Miriam Black #1
Release Date: 24th April 2012
Publisher: Angry Robot Books
Format: ebook
Pages: 264

Synopsis: Miriam Black knows when you will die. She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides.

But when Miriam hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim.

No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.






Dusty Reads (#2)


Dusty Reads is a weekly meme, hosted by Xpresso Reads featuring a book that has been sitting on our shelves for some time. For more information click here.

Todays Dusty Read is, Trial By Fire By Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I loved the first book and I've had this book waiting on  my shelf for a while. I just haven't felt like picking it up yet.


Trail By Fire
Series: Raised By Wolves #2
Release Date: 26th May 2011 (UK)
Publisher: Quercus
Format: Paperback
Pages: 357

Synopsis: There can only be one alpha.

Bryn is finally settling into her position as alpha of the Cedar Ridge Pack—or at least, her own version of what it means to be alpha when you’re a human leading a band of werewolves. Then she finds a teenage boy bleeding on her front porch. Before collapsing, he tells her his name is Lucas, he’s a Were, and Bryn’s protection is his only hope.

But Lucas isn’t part of Bryn’s pack, and she has no right to claim another alpha’s Were. With threats—old and new—looming, and danger closing in from all sides, Bryn will have to accept what her guardian Callum knew all along. To be alpha, she will have to give in to her own animal instincts and become less human. And, she’s going to have to do it alone.

Bryn faces both the costs, and the rewards, of love and loyalty, in this thrilling sequel to Raised by Wolves.



Monday, 16 April 2012

Adorkable By Sarra Manning


Adorkable
Release Date: 24th May 2012
Publisher: Atom
Format: Paperback
Pages: 392

Synopsis: Jeane Smith is seventeen and has turned her self-styled dorkiness into an art form, a lifestyle choice and a profitable website and consultancy business. She writes a style column for a Japanese teen magazine and came number seven in The Guardian's 30 People Under 30 Who Are Changing The World. And yet, in spite of the accolades, hundreds of Internet friendships and a cool boyfriend, she feels inexplicably lonely, a situation made infinitely worse when Michael Lee, the most mass-market, popular and predictably all-rounded boy at school tells Jeane of his suspicion that Jeane's boyfriend is secretly seeing his girlfriend. Michael and Jeane have NOTHING in common - she is cool and individual; he is the golden boy in an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt. So why can't she stop talking to him?

Review: I received Adorkable from Atom to read and review. When I first found out about this book, I thought it would be a very interesting read. After all I'm a geek and could probably relate to things in the book. It was a very different to what I expected. Although it is filled with wise advice which everyone needs.

Adorkable follows Jeane Smith, a blogger who owns her own lifestyle brand called Adorkable. She's a complete dork and she knows it. She makes it her own. She's comfortable with who she is and doesn't care about what others think until Michael Lee, the most popular boy in school starts talking to her. He tells her that he thinks, his girlfriend and her boyfriend are secretly seeing each other. And we soon find out  that they are. Without her boyfriend Jeane's more alone then ever before, that is until she ends up snogging Michael Lee. From then on, they keep things completely a secret but they just can't leave each other alone.

I have to admit at first I really disliked the two main characters, Jeane and Michael. They were both too cocky and judgemental for their own goods. I even put the book down because they annoyed me so much. Even then the pull of the story was begging me to pick it back up and I did and I really enjoyed it. A few chapters in you get used to the characters and who they are. Jeane was very unique, she was bossy, cocky, loud and of course a dork. She would stand up for herself and show people it's ok to be different and I think this is a really serious topic in the modern world. Michael was the simple popular boy, he was also cocky but aren't all popular boys? He saw Jeane as a real person not some freak, although he did judge her, he still waited for her side of the story so he understood her background.

Adorkable is a cute and easy read. It flows easily and it doesn't make your head hurt thinking about the plot. It's a cute and quirky book which many teenagers can relate too. I especially loved the theme of character growth and finding out who you really are in this book. It was incredibly well done and something that everyone goes through. It also stresses the idea that it's ok to be different and honestly it really is. If Jeane was real then I think I would definitely be one of the thousands who followed her blog. She's the Queen of Dork and we need someone like that today who shows that being different is perfectly ok.

I need to inform you now, that this isn't a book for younger readers. It definitely contains content that isn't suitable for young people. Atom recommends you need to be at least 14 to read this book. I would even go on to say you need to be a year or two older than that but obviously its up to the individual.

Adorkable is a nice easy read which contains many words of wisdom that everyone needs in their life. I really enjoyed it, I didn't want to put it down. It's a cute story that many teenagers will enjoy.




Sunday, 15 April 2012

In My Mailbox (#1)



In My Mailbox is a weekly feature hosted by The Story Siren, in which each week we share the books we have brought, received or borrowed.

This is my first In My Mailbox but I have a bundle of books to share with you.

Bought:



The Power Of Six By Pittacus Lore: It just so happens that the paperback was released this week, so I bought it so it matched my I Am Number Four paperback.

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong: I've been dying to read this book. I had it pre-ordered for ages. The cover also looks amazing in person.

Received:



Empire In Black and Gold By Adrian Tchaikovsky: I won this from Tor UK in a competition. It looks like a good read, I'm excited to try it out.

Embassytown By China Mieville: I also won this from Tor UK in the same competition. It's slightly different to what I normally read but I'm going to try it anyway.

Adorkable By Sarra Manning: I received this from Atom for Review. I'm currently reading it and it's very good. I would also like to warn you its definitely for older teen readers.



Slide By Jill Hathaway: I won this signed copy and cover flat from Jill Hathaway herself. This book looks incredibly good and I can't wait to read it. She also added a book mark and postcard, both signed. How cool is she?

So what did you receive this week?




Friday, 13 April 2012

Earth Girl By Janet Edwards



Earth Girl
Release Date:
16th August 2012
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback
Pages: 358 (In the review copy)

Synopsis: 2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.

A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.

Review: Earth Girl is one of those rare gems which you come across by luck, then when you read it, it completely blows you mind. It is a stunning debut novel which keeps the reader wanting more. Even when I'd finished this book it was still at the front of my mind. This doesn't happen to me often but when it does it really shows how good a book is. The story and plot were still reeling in my mind, I was analysing the events like I was there, it was brilliant. I can easily say that I loved this book. I would even go to the point to say that it is the best book I have read this year. It is that incredible.

Earth Girl follows Jarra who was born with an immune system that doesn't allow her to portal to other planets. She is one in a thousand, she is criticised for being an ape but she wont let this stop her. She will do anything to prove that she is just like everyone else. Once she turns 18 she decides to enroll in a university from another planet, instead of sticking to a normal Earth university. The history course she picks, takes place on Earth where all the old dig sites are. Jarra's the only one from Earth so she has to make a fake background for herself and hide her handicap. After meeting her new classmates she realises that Exos (People who live on other planets) aren't that bad. On one of her missions she's put in the spotlight making everyone aware of her skills, she can no longer hide. I won't say anymore because I don't want to spoil this amazing book.

Jarra is an amazing heroine. She's smart, strong and very sarcastic. She's hilarious, and so down to earth. Shes the most realistic heroine I've probably ever read. I loved her, her character was strong and we watched her crumble and regrow. She grew into her own, finding her true self and realised that not everyone is the same as the stereotypes that are forced upon them. Fian, Jarra's love interest was also funny and smart. They had amazing chemistry and were perfect together. Fian's obsession with wanting Jarra to throw him across the room was hilarious.  Playdon was a great tutor, he was serious but also allowed the class to have fun, he also accepted Jarra from the very beginning.

The book is set in 2788. Janet Edwards does a brilliant job of creating new technology and science, and a believable world. It was incredibly well done, there were no faults. It was brilliant, the portals and domes. The whole environment was amazing. The science wasn't too complicated, most people would be able to understand it. We got to see the two different sides of the world, Jarra's view from someone handicapped and her classmates view from exos. We easily saw the world in its true light and some conflicting elements that came from false information that is featured in each different sector. I would love to visit this world, just to explore it all. Edwards also did a good job describing the New York Dig Sites and all the ruins left behind from when people left earth. You could see some of the old world shining through.

The story was well woven together, and all loose threads were tied up in the end. The ending was very good and summed up all threads and gave us an idea of what would happen to Jarra and the gang next. Janet Edwards is a stunning debut author and she's definitely an author you need to look out for. I'm excited to see what she has to offer next. If your a fan of Dystopian novels then this is a must have. You should definitely buy this book.

Earth Girl is an incredibly well written novel with believeable characters and an intriguing plot. It's one of the best books I've read this year and one you all need to look out for when it releases in August.







Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (#1)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly aniticipating.

My chosen upcoming release is:


The Immortal Rules
Series: Blood of Eden Book #1
Release Date: 4th May 2012
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512

Synopsis: In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.


What's your "Waiting On Wednesday" pick this week?
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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Teaser Tuesdays (#1)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:

- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
- She the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teasers:

"He knew I was telling a pack of lies, but he couldn't do anything about it. He wasn't allowed to tell the others my confidential data."

 Earth Girl by Janet Edwards. Page 35.


Earth Girl
Release Date: 16th August 2012
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback
Pages: 358 (In the review copy)

Synopsis: 2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.

A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.

Dusty Reads (#1)



Dusty Reads is a weekly meme, hosted by Xpresso Reads featuring a book that has been sitting on our shelves for some time. For more information click here.

My first Dusty read is The Replacement By Brenna Yovanoff. It has easily been sitting on my shelf for over a year and i still haven't picked it up. My to be read pile is so huge it just keeps getting shoved at the bottom.


The Replacement
Release Date: 21st September 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 375

Synopsis: Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, Mackie comes from a world of tunnels and black, murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattoed princess. He is a replacement - left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago when it was stolen away by the fey. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world. Mackie would give anything just to be normal, to live quietly amongst humans, practice his bass guitar and spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem, where he must face down the dark creatures and find his rightful place - in our world, or theirs.



Sunday, 8 April 2012

Radiant Desire By Inara Scott



Radiant Desire
Series: Handmaid's Seduction #1
Release Date: 4th October 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304


Warning this is an Adult book, it contains content not suitable for young readers.

Synopsis: The object of every man’s fantasy just lost her wings…

Kaia Verde is one of the four Faerie Handmaids of Zafira, Queen of the Fey. To redress an ancient wrong done to Zafira by a human king, the Handmaids make sport of mortal men, seducing and humiliating them. When Kaia sets out to seduce Garrett Jameson, but ends up being the one surrendering to pleasure, Zafira is furious. Kaia’s punishment is simple: make Garrett fall in love with her by the summer solstice, then break his heart, or face eternity without her wings—or her soul. To make the task harder, Zafira tells Kaia she cannot use her faerie magic or charm to lure Garrett into her bed.

…and now she’s losing her heart…

Kaia thinks her task will be relatively easy—as a faerie, she understands lust, and can love be much different? But once she is living among the humans, Kaia discovers the race she once disparaged is far more complex and beautiful than she imagined. She learns before she can break Garrett’s heart, she must find a way to heal it. And eventually, discovers that losing her wings may be a far easier price to pay than losing her heart.

Review: Radiant Desire is book 1 of the Handmaids Seduction series. (Although I don't think more books are planned as of yet.) It's a paranormal romance which centres on Faeries. This is a good book, it's just not something I would normally read. I did enjoy the book, it was a nice escape from what I would normally read. It was also short enough clocking in at just under 300 pages. The story itself, is rather original and flows easily. It's not a book you have to focus hard on which is what you want for a romance novel.

Radiant Desire follows Faerie Kaia as she fails to seduce a human man called Garret Jameson. Instead she's the one who willingly gives herself to him. This is completely against Queen Zafira's rules. Ordered back to Faeria, Zafria orders Kaia to make Garrett fall in love with her and then break his heart. All by the summer solstice and without using her magic. The task is not easy. Being human is not simple, Kaia soon releases she's in too deep.  Changes are occurring to her that would never happen in her faerie body. She needs to learn to fit in with humans and earn a wage to make sure she survives. But overall her mission cannot fail. If she does fail she will lose her wings.

I did like Kaia, at first she was an annoying flirt because of her faerie powers. But shortly after we saw her softer side and then her horror as she realised how hard her life would now be. She seems human, which is a complete shock to her. Kaia needs to adjust but at the same time make sure she completes her mission of making Garrett fall in love with her.  Garrett was a typical man, a rock who shows no feelings at all, he doesn't even admit his feelings to him self. He was all about his job and looking after his cousin Lexi. A real tycoon who didn't even know his true self. Kaia helps make him realise what he's wanted all his life and why he's been so scared of the truth. I loved Ted and Rachel, I would even say they were a better couple then Garrett and Kaia. I really liked Rachel she was incredibly real and really believable, I loved how she gave Kaia a chance despite her secrets.

I loved the ending of this book, it was by far the best part. It was a brilliant way to wrap up the story. I enjoyed reading this book but it didn't fully grab me, it was just a quick read for me. Nevertheless if you like Paranormal Romance or even just Romance. I'm sure you'll love this book. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just my personal tastes that won't allow me to give it a higher rating. I also really liked how Kaia found the meaning of being human is to Love and say sorry. It was incredible and full of wisdom and themes of love, truth, secrets, lies and friendships no matter what the form. Also how Kaia dealt with the scary changes that are normal life to us was incredible well done.  

Radiant Desire is a good paranormal fantasy novel which Romance fans will enjoy from start until finish. Inara Scott brilliantly weaves the key themes of life into the story and makes the reader realise truths that would normally be overlooked. If you're looking for a book about love and friendship this is a book for you.


3/5 Stars!!!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Bitterblue By Kristin Cashore


Bitterblue
Series: The Seven Kingdoms Book #3
Release Date: 1st May 2012 (UK)
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback
Pages: 576

Synopsis: Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart

Review:  I was so excited when I received Bitterblue in the post from Gollancz. I may have squealed and smiled like a crazy person but I was so excited. I also love the cover of this book, it looks incredible in real life and it really shows Bitterblue's power and strength. I took a while to read this book as I wanted to remember it and savour it, it was just so good. It's also one long book but so much happens that I doubt it could have been shortened at all. Don't worry though as it keeps your attention from start to finish and leaves you wanting more!

Compared to other books, so much happens that it's really hard to sum everything up in one paragraph. I'm also incredibly aware that there are many spoilers throughout the book and I would never spoil a book this brilliant to anyone. We join Bitterblue eight years after Graceling, she is now the Queen of Monsea who is trying to deal with the the chaos that Leck left behind. It's not an easy task, especially when you don't know where to even begin. Tired of always doing the ever growing pile of paperwork, Bitterblue sneaks out of the castle. She sees the full effect of Lecks powers over her city, and she sees just how bad the situations are. Exploring her city she meets two men, but she doesn't realise how much they will effect her future and how only they hold the key to the past.

I loved Bitterblue when we met her in Graceling and this book just double how much I loved her. She's an incredible heroine, unlike many others. She is wise and very intelligent and incredibly mature for her age. Bitterblue is a strong queen who does doubt her own strength but during the book she grows into the role and realises her people need her. Bitterblue is one of my favourite heroines ever, she just stands out so much from the rest. I don't think I'm doing her any justice but she was just so lovely and she really did care for all of her people, she didn't let her power get in the way, she related to them easily and they trusted her for it.

Secondary characters were also very strong in the book. Her advisers each had a terrible past and this effected their future. I really felt for them all especially Thiel who was probably the most effected by Leck. Po, Katsa, Giddon, Raffin and Bann all made appearances and I still loved them too, each played a key part in the plot and were Bitterblue's loyal friends. Saf and Teddy were awesome, we were introduced to them right at the start and they were their until the end. I loved them, they were complete opposites but both played a key part in the story.

The back story of Leck's reign was truly horrifying, and harsh on both Bitterblue and the reader. We knew that Leck had done some terrible things but the level was raised entirely in this book. I almost forgot about Death, the queens Liberian who also played a key part in translating Leck's messages. The ciphers used in this book were incredible, they were quite confusing and I can easily say I would be no good at them, but of course Bitterblue and Death are, so they team up to find answers.

Another thing I want to mention in the review of this book, is something that is more personal to me, so if you wish you can skip this part. Throughout the book Bitterblue learns that some of her advisers and her people aren't in the right state of mind, and have in today's words mental health problems. I loved how Cashore dealt with the subject. She didn't make Bitterblue turn a blind eye, she allowed Bitterblue to feel sorrow for them. She also ends up making a department for people with these problems which is a really strong move. Bitterblue realises that these people are ill and it's not their fault, its their experiences and she will help them as much as she can. I feel that we need more of this in the real world. People should not turn a blind eye they should be there to offer help to those who struggle. This book really connected to me on a personal level because of this.

Bitterblue is an incredible addition to the series. Its a book about secrets and lies and the harsh truths which you can never be prepared for. It's a beautifully written book, with wise advice and an intelligent heroine! It's a must read!

5/5 Stars!!!